I'm Still Standing

Sir Elton John played at the Botanical Gardens in Uppsala on Wednesday 1st of July. Yes, THE Elton John. The promoter Welcome Uppsala has done a great job arranging shows with big names and it’s nice to see Sweden’s fourth biggest city gets more chances.

Sir Elton was incredibly lucky with the weather, compared to Mark Knopfler who played there three weeks ago. This evening was hot, and the crowd shone along with the sun. And there were people of all ages there, too.

There was a support act playing a few songs before Elton John, called Bright Light Bright Light. The guy’s piano playing was nice but sorry, he lost me after a while. I thought the songs sounded the same.
Sir Elton came on around eight to a happy cheer and I’m happy there was a big screen to watch sometimes because all tall people obviously have to stand right in front of me…

This is Elton’s only show in Sweden this year, but it wasn’t his first visit in Uppsala. He played there in 1965 with Bluesology, support act for The Zombies, and he thought it was nice to be back after all those years.
I almost had to pinch myself upon seeing the man in glittery suit at the piano onstage. I can’t say I had expected to get to see him live, but I’m happy to say now that I actually have. Such great talent! He’s made some timeless songs, which I think everyone can relate to.

He played about two hours and there was a great mix of songs, among them some of the classics Candle In The Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song, Crocodile Rock and I’m Still Standing. People danced along, cheered and waved along and a great time was had by all.

What stood out the most for me though was Believe (Really, just, wow.) and his dedication of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me as a tribute to Chris Squire of Yes, who sadly passed away recently. Very nice!
I have to give thumbs up for the sound there in the Botanical Gardens. I know it can be a bit tricky outdoors, but it was really good where I was stood. The lightshow began quite simple but seemed to grow with the show, it was much more colourful towards the end!

Lovely evening with legendary Sir Elton John and his band, I’m pleased to have witnessed that talent. :)


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