Saturday, April 2, 2016

Early Elton Travels Back to 11-17-70

Early Elton, the band dedicated to performing authentic live versions of Elton John’s music from 1970-72, with a special focus on his trio tours with Nigel Olsson & Dee Murray, returned once again to the Fairfield Theatre Company on Friday night. I’ve written about these talented musicians several times before, and at this point, I’m running out of superlatives to describe how awesome they are. As always, it was a fabulous night of music. The first set was a fantastic group of favorites, including “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” and “Rocket Man.” As always, there was also a generous helping of tracks from Tumbleweed Connection, including “Country Comfort” and “Where To Now, St. Peter?” The guys also debuted an excellent version of “Razorface” from Madman Across the Water, which was one of the highlights of the night. Then again, the whole show was a highlight.

The second set was a marvelous performance of the live album, 11-17-70, in its entirety, climaxing with the classic “Burn Down The Mission” medley. As always, Jeff Kazee on piano & vocals, John Conte on bass & vocals & Rich Pagano on drums & vocals were fantastic, and provided us with a magnificent night of rock & roll. They were tight & in sync, and their solid chemistry and obvious enthusiasm for this wonderful music is infectious. The FTC is an annual stop on their tours, and I’ve been privileged enough to see this amazing band for the last four years. Not only are they excellent performers, but they’re also genuinely nice guys. If you have a chance to see them, don’t hesitate. It’s a great way to celebrate Elton’s music, and see it performed by these supremely gifted musicians. They truly keep this essential music vibrant & alive with their passionate performances. Here’s a link to their webpage:

Early Elton at Fairfield Theatre Company - photos by John V

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