|Elton John and band performed in Werchter on July 7, 2007
Friday, July 20 2007
Fan report by Filip Arijs.
When I heard that Elton John would perform at the festival of ‘Werchter Classics’ I was a bit disappointed because a) he would surely drop the pearls he doesn’t play very often, b) the weather can be bad, c) only a certain percentage of the audience will be interested.
But then at the festival the weather couldn’t have been better. Mostly sun, not too warm and no rain. First positive point.
Elton was expected to begin at 10 pm, but 5 minutes earlier we heard the winds of ‘Funeral for a Friend’. I jumped up and noticed that most people didn’t realise the concert got started. This number missed his mystique impression because it wasn’t dark enough yet.
Second positive point was to hear Elton singing ‘Hercules’. I was sure he would skip this song. But Elton kept following the set list from the concert he played a few days earlier. That was great, all those fantastic songs. Elton was the virtuoso pianist he used to be, supported by his magnificent band.
Unfortunately he didn’t play ‘The Bridge’ from his new album. Elton mentioned that festivals are not his kind of thing. So my fear for the third point (the audience) seemed justified. I guess half of the audience came for the guitar rock from Pink, Anouk and John Fogerty (who played all his classics from CCR). And that was a shame because Elton did play a list of pearls and once he started with 'Bennie and the Jets' it was fun fun fun until the end, everybody was dancing and everybody wanted more after ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’.
But Elton ended with a superb solo version of ‘Your Song’. All who stayed until the end were happy, for the others it’s better they don’t know what they’ve missed!
Following is the complete set list of the Werchter show on July 7, 2007:
- Funeral For A Friend
- Love Lies Bleeding
- The Bitch Is Back
- Madman Across The Water
- Tiny Dancer
- Rocket Man
- Honky Cat
- I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
- Burn Down The Mission
- Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
- Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
- Bennie And The Jets
- Philadelphia Freedom
- Something About The Way You Look Tonight
- Sad Songs (Say So Much)
- I’m Still Standing
- Crocodile Rock
- Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
- Your Song (solo)
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