Went to Elton John last night second row back thinking my experience would be the same wonderful experience I had had the last 4 times I saw him. This rant is not about the rain. Basically some people who went had no clue how to behave at a concert that had a star act, during the songs, they shouted loudly “do you wanna another bear” mid song, they walked across the front stage area mid song (hello who does that??) and my favorite, 3 bogans jumped up and screamed facing the crowd through ballads wiggling their muffin tops. If you have ever been to a venue in Melbourne or Sydney you will know this does not happen because it f**** the experience for others (so security control it) and not just those who paid $680 to have a good view – for others as well. How embarrassing Elton probably thought he had landed in the middle of a B & S ball. Not suggesting people shouldn’t have fun but grow up Canberra if you want great acts here. The surge forward at the front that was 10 deep and blocked the view is a reflection on the joke of security – never happens at any other venue unless the concert is set up that way.
Oh and to the National Capital Authority who stated loud and clear the act started at 8PM shame on you – by 7.50pm Elton had performed 4 songs. I feel sorry for people who have only seen Elton in this way it was not a patch on other concerts although Elton was as usual a perfect performer – lucky he had sunnies on so we couldn’t see the eyes rolling!
[Ed. we also had the following through from paperboy ..]
As they say, the show must go on, and according to today’s (Sat) Canberra Times 8,000 fans endured torrential rain, thunder and lightning for Elton John’s three hour show at Stage 88 last night.
The Times talks of ‘rivers of mud’ flowing through the plastic seats and the audience made up of ‘a sea of sodden plastic ponchos huddled together’.
And from all accounts, it was a wonderful show, with Sir Elton including little references to the rain and Canberra in the lyrics of some of his songs.
I wasn’t there, but there are plenty who were (some paying up to $300 for the privilege) … So, what did you think?
[Ed. and this from Sands..]
I was suprised yesterday afternoon to discover that I hadn’t heard that Sir Elton John would be playing that evening on our very own humble Stage 88. I was even more surprised to log on to the Canberra Times this morning to find that they haven’t covered it (at least not online).
I saw hundreds of people walking over to the park and was hoping someone could comment on the concert, the rain and the whole evening in general.