Rolling Stone took in Elton John’s Captain And The Kid live premiere at Lincoln Center last night. We’re curious about this album ’cause it’s a sequel to a good Elton John album. I don’t know if it’s a bad sign Andy Greene doesn’t share many details about the new tunes. But Mark McGrath seemed to dig ‘em!
John put on a typically amazing high-energy show. Kicking off with his 1973 magnum opus ?Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,? he dragged out the his warhorses (?Bennie & The Jets,? ?Rocket Man,? ?Philadelphia Freedom?) early before playing most of The Captain and The Kid for the first time in front of an audience. The eight autobiographical songs he played trace John?s career from 1970 through the present; next to his 2001 comeback album Songs From The West Coast it?s Elton?s only post 1970?s album that?s strong from start to finish.
Looking around the crowd it occurred to me that the more people pay for tickets (the best seats were $1,000 ? though it?s all for charity) the less they seem to enjoy the show. I can?t remember the amount of times I?ve seen people in the so-called ?golden circle? at arena shows sitting down indifferently, sending text messages while the fans behind the stage are dancing in the aisles. One exception: Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath who was seated directly in front of me, and seemed to be having a blast. He burst onto his feet when the band went into ?The Bitch Is Back? and did a little shimmy while grinning from ear to ear. So take a cue from the Sugar Ray dude, all you suits!
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