Elton's April 23 show at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, opened with An Enduring Vision, reports Wayne Martin.
The five minute EJAF film included news clips, speeches Elton has given, and a history and timeline of HIV and AIDS. This was all underscored by compositions such as Mama Can't Buy You Love, The Last Song, Carla Etude, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.
The concert itself contained some unexpected moments. Nikita, Original Sin and Candle In the Wind all featured the headliner solo on the piano.
(Walk-in music: Rufus Wainright’s “Want One” CD)
v (7:50PM “AN Enduring Vision” EJAF five minute film)
The Bitch Is Back – (What sounds like a pre-recorded track begins to play while Band enters the stage. Davey then begins his new guitar riff with Band joining in, repeating the same riff several times, before playing the familiar chords to Bitch…, at which point Elton enters the stage)
Bennie And The Jets
Someone Saved My Life Tonight Ballad Of the Boy In The Red Shoes I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues I Want Love – (With Music Video starring Robert Downey, JR. playing on screens) Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Band Exits) Nikita – (Elton solo at piano) Original Sin - (Elton solo at piano)
Candle In The Wind - (Elton solo at piano) Elton leaves stage, Band re-enters, Elton re-appears during Guy Babylon's instrumental opening to Funeral for a Friend
Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding Elton Introduces The Band
All The Young Girls Love Alice
Saturday Nights Alright (For Fighting)
Pinball Wizard – FIRST ENCORE (With pre-recorded instrumental and sound effects introduction, similar to 1993 tour. This begins playing the minute Elton and the Band leaves the stage following Crocodile Rock)
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Your Song – Second Encore (Elton enters stage alone in track suite, signs autographs for front rows, before singing Your Song. Band re-enters and joins in during second verse.)
(Walkout Music: AIDA Orchestral Finale)
v (“AN Enduring Vision” is a five minute film produced by and for EJAF, giving the history and timeline of HIV and AIDS and Elton’s establishing his Elton John AIDS Foundation. Included are news clips, speeches Elton has given, all of which are underscored by Elton compositions: 60 Years On, Saturday Nights Alright (For Fighting), Carla Etude, The Last Song, Tiny Dancer (Live Recording), Levon, Mama Can’t Buy You Love, Love Lies Bleeding (Live Recording), All The Young Girls Love Alice, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Live Recording) )