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Review: Sir Elton John performs in the Hunter at Hope Estate

Piano man: Music legend Elton John performs a brilliant show of his classic hits over two-and-a-half hours at Hope Estate, Pokolbin on December 5. Picture: Simone De Peak.A CLEARsummernight set the perfect scene for John’s return to the Hope Estate stage last Saturday night.

When the show was announced earlier this year, the singer noted that it would be the last time he performs in theregion as he prepares to scaleback his tour commitments andspend more time with his kids.

With that in mind, let’s make the most of it.

Billed as the All The Hits Tour, the 68-year-old delivered exactly that during the two-and-a-half hour set which featured classic songs includingBennie and The Jets,I Guess That’s Why They Call It The BluesandCandle In The Wind.

Hearing thesongs live, back-to-back, is a reminder of the astoundingnumber of truly greatsongs that John has produced over the years.

Backed by a five-piece band which included Nigel Olsson (drums) and Davey Johnstone (guitar), who have both played alongside John for much of his 47-year long career, the show also featured heavily on the1973 album,Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

“We just celebrated the 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road a couple of years ago and that makes me feel extremely old,” John told the crowd.

Performing under an impressive12-metre wide chandelier prop, John chatted with his audience, speaking about his love of and reflecting on his career, including a tribute to long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin who wrote the lyrics for many of his biggest hits, includingYour Songwhich delivered one of the set’s highlight moments.

A camera set up on his piano gave us a close-up look athis incredible talent as his fingers moved across the keys.

The audience sang along with John to anthemsRocket Man,Tiny DancerandDon’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, the latter which he dedicated to Newcastle musician and friend, Catherine Britt.

The hits kept coming as the show came to a close and the audience danced along toSaturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting),The Bitch Is BackandCrocodile Rock, proving that even after nearly 50 years in the game, Sir Elton still knows how to rock.

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