Review: The Rocket Man soared at the Harlow Playhouse
Entertainment / Sun 8th Apr 2018 pm30 02:19pm
Review: The Rocket Man: A Tribute To Sir Elton John
IT says a lot about the confidence possessed by a tribute act when they play the full version of Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lies Bleeding. It is not an obvious choice but really shows off the bands talent but it was also an indcation that Jimmy Love’s The Rocket Man is not an Elton-by-numbers performance.
Before we discuss the sings, Jimmy’s “Elton” is a wonderful, enthusiastic and humorous two hours in the company of his music. This reviewer really appreciated the little narratives that described various parts of Elton’s life.
If you thought, Funeral for a Friend wasn’t obvious, then nor was a great version of Take Me To The Pilot. But they were very faithful to a lot of the hits such as Your Song, Rocket Man and Daniel.
The first half stayed resolutely in the seventies (as did the costumes). A wonderful Philadelphia Freedom as well as a touching Tiny Dancer.
What was also obvious was that this was a cracking band who were also adding to the originals. It wasn’t showy it was just great. The outfits were showy and were great.
Really good versions of “Are You Ready For Love” “Sad Songs”, “I’m Still Standing” and a wonderful rendition of “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” were the highlights of the second half as was a great “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with the wonderful backing singer.
The percussionist also played the role of Ray Cooper very well, even going for a little stroll, taking a member of the audience’s phone and doing a little bit of filming!
The concert finale was a fine Crocodile Rock followed by a poignant Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.
The audince really enjoyed the concert, they were up on their feet and left feeling thoroughly entertained.
Dang, gutted I missed this. Believe me, I've seen some tribute acts that have been better than the real thing. Kiss ones always were.
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