Elton, Leon in Ontario


Photos by Kelly Swift/CBB Arena

Did you attend Friday’s concert at Citizens Business Bank Arena by Elton John and Leon Russell? If so, what did you think? I was there and thought it was great — and at 3 hours, 15 minutes, it was value for the dollar, too.

My column Wednesday has an account of the show. For the set list, click on the “continue reading” line below.

Leon Russell set:

Prince of Peace/Out in the Woods
A Song for You
Delta Lady
Roll in my Sweet Baby’s Arms/Stranger in a Strange Land

Elton John set:

Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
Philadelphia Freedom
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Rocket Man
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Bennie and the Jets
I’m Still Standing

Elton and Leon set:

If It Wasn’t for Bad
Hey Ahab
Gone to Shiloh
Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream
There’s No Tomorrow
Monkey Suit
The Best Part of the Day
Dream Come True
When Love is Dying
Hearts Have Turned to Stone
Never Too Old (to Hold Somebody)
In the Hands of Angels

Elton set:

Burn Down the Mission
Tiny Dancer
Ballad of a Well Known Gun
I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
Take Me to the Pilot
Sad Songs Say So Much

Elton encore:

The Bitch is Back
Your Song

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  • Charles Bentley


    This is the very reason I was so optimistic when CBB Arena was built, that it would provide outstanding concert opportunities only minutes from my home!

    When they announced Elton John would be playing here, I was thrilled. When they announced the date, I was crushed. I had to attend another event that evening, one that even included the following response from the honored guest: “I’m surprised so many are here tonight with Elton John playing in Ontario.”

    I’m also a fan of Leon Russell and I can’t imagine what a treat it was to see and hear him perform live. I’m looking forward to getting “The Union” album (ah, I mean CD) and enjoying this exceptional pairing.

    The set list looks like you enjoyed a solid assortment of “Reggie’s” early work. And while the voice can’t quite hit the highs of 30-plus years ago, he is still an amazing entertainer and a master pianist.

    I hope Sir Elton makes a return visit soon. I’ll be right there with you, David.

  • Bob House

    Glad you got to see and hear Leon Russell. A personal favorite of mine, I first heard him performing/producing on early 70’s albums, Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” and “Bonnie (Bramlett), Delaney and Friends.” I’ve almost worn out my copy of his “Shelter People” (from 1971) CD.

    It’s great that EJ was into providing a terrific evening. Last time I saw EJ live was in Oakland in the mid-70s. Great seats: 3rd row right in front of the left bank of speakers — my ears were still ringing 3 days later.

  • Mary

    You are so lucky to have been in the arena.

    Elton John is one of my favorites of all time. I have seen him around 6 times since the 70’s. He gives a great show. Always over 3 hours, by far the best was with Billy Joel in Las Vegas, even though I was in the rafters that time. They were fabulous together. Well worth the money.