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Wednesday 12 September 2012 @ 16:44 - GMT

The Clarion Ledger has reviewed Elton's September 11 show at the Coliseum in Jackson, MS.

Besides the fact it was 9/11, the evening was emotional on another level for Elton: This was the bass player Matt Bissonette's debut with him, since longtime bandmate, Bob Birch, died in August.

The reviewer called Elton ''gracious, fun, and extremely crowd friendly.'' When he returned for his encore, the songwriter signed autographs for fans from one end of the stage to the other, and did not appear to be in a rush.

Then before playing his final number of the evening, Elton told the crowd he was sorry if his voice wasnt up to par, that he had been battling laryngitis and was forced to cancel a few shows recently.

Then he said: Thank you for buying tickets to the show. These are tough times, so I really appreciate it. Thank you for being so loyal and so kind and having so many albums and things to sign. I wish you all love and health and happiness, and this song is for all of you. Thank you for making this a night we wont forget.

The set list follows:

Saturday Nights Alright (For Fighting)

Bennie and the Jets

Grey Seal


Tiny Dancer

Holiday Inn

Mona Lisas and Madhatters (dedicated to the memory of 9/11)

Philadelphia Freedom

Candle In the Wind

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Rocket Man

Hey Ahab

I Guess Thats Why They Call It the Blues

Honky Cat

Sad Songs (Say So Much)


Nikita (solo)

Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word

Dont Let the Sun Go Down On Me

Im Still Standing

The Bitch is Back

Crocodile Rock

Encore:  Your Song