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Elton John and band performed in Antwerp on November 19, 2016
Sunday, November 20 2016

Fan report by Filip Arijs.

Itís been three years since I saw Elton on stage. That time in Brussels my mom (80 years) was with me. She was so delighted to have experienced it that she said: "If Elton John comes back to Belgium and Iím still alive, Iíll go again" Ö so it happened once again that I was in front row with my mom Ö 83 by now and still standing. Itís a pleasure to get old like that. And thatís what I thought about Elton, too. 69 years, but what an energy, what a rhythm, what a voice, what a musician/piano player. 25 songs, one after another for more than two hours and a half! Hello young artists? Eat that!

I searched for the set list from his latest concert, so I knew it was going to be massive. And how it was! Such a lot of uptempo songs. After every single song, the audience in Belgium gave a standing ovations and Elton deserved that. He was great, but so was his band. They had obviously a good time, just like the audience.

Fans were immediate in the right mood with songs like "The Bitch is Back" and "Benny and The Jets". And then the "Blues Ö thatís why they call it, thatís why they call it, thatís why they call it, thatís why they call it, thatís why they call it the bluesÖ" - heavenly.

One of my all time favourites is "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", so I was glad to hear that again, those powerful drums from Nigel. Elton played also my favourite "A Good Heart" from his new album. Weíve heard a lot of pearls, "Levon" was one of them. Davey had the chance to show what a genius he is on the guitar. It became a wonderful Rock song with an end Iíve never heard before, no one could stand still. This was the very highlight amongst the others.

After "Sad Songs", Elton reminded us of some important persons in his life that had passed away recently: Leonard Cohen, Leon Russel, Sharon Jones and also Daphne, the mother of Bernie Taupin.

"Crocodile Rock" was the last encore, everybody danced, rocked and sang with Elton. Everybody returned home with a happy feeling.

It was a memorable concert. After the show I was so glad I had a ticket for the concert in Amsterdam three days later.

Following is the complete set list of the Antwerp show on November 19, 2016:

  1. Funeral For A Friend
  2. Love Lies Bleeding
  3. The Bitch Is Back
  4. Bennie And The Jets
  5. I Guess Thatís Why They Call It The Blues
  6. Daniel
  7. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  8. Looking Up
  9. A Good Heart
  10. Philadelphia Freedom
  11. Rocket Man
  12. Tiny Dancer
  13. Levon
  14. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  15. Have Mercy On The Criminal
  16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  17. Your Song
  18. Burn Down The Mission
  19. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
  20. Donít Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  21. All The Girls Love Alice
  22. Iím Still Standing
  23. Your Sister Canít Twist (But She Can Rock ní Roll)
  24. Saturday Nightís Alright For Fighting

  25. Candle In The Wind
  26. Crocodile Rock

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