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65-year-old Elton John rocks Beijing

11-27-2012 10:51 BJT

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By CCTV reporter Mu Fangzhou

On Sunday night, Beijing welcomed a big shot from the world of pop music. Sir Elton John performed at the Mastercard Centre with his all-star band.

For audiences old and young who showed up at Beijing’s Mastercard Centre, it’s never too late to love somebody. One said, "I’m quite sure that it’s gonna be a night full of great music."

And for Elton John, he’s never too old to spend an evening on stage.

Returning to China for the first time since 2004 and his first ever live concert in Beijing, the British rocker treated the Chinese capital with 25 of his greatest hits, a truly high energy set

Performing on a grand piano in front of the band, John was accessorized by a combination of search lights, neon and video. Yet it wasn’t special effects, but the material and musicianship that elevated the evening including some of his all-time hits, including "Tiny Dancer", "Rocket Man" and "Bennie and the Jet".

Sir Elton John performed at the Mastercard Centre with his all-star band in Beijing on November 25, 2012.

Sir Elton John performed at the Mastercard Centre with his all-star band in Beijing on November 25, 2012.

An audience member in Beijing said, "He’s an outstanding performer, I’d say one of the best in the whole world. Fantastic entertainer. And songs, he stood the test of time."

"It’s very special that only in 2012 he’s coming to Beijing after so many years of fame. We grew up listening to Elton John. So being in Beijing, far away from home, it’s nice to have a bit of Europe in China."

John’s band, which includes original drummer Nigel Olsson and long-time guitarist Davey Johnstone, have been the backbone of John’s decades-long career. They supported John, balancing the detours with old favourites. John also proved that he’s still capable of conveying all the required musical emotion in his vocal performance.

Rest assured the "Greatest Hits" tour is aptly named, the hits are still great.


Editor:Lu Jiaying |Source:

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