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Review: Elton John wows Tampa's USF Sun Dome with hits, rarities




A sold-out crowd of 9,951 packed into the USF Sun Dome Friday night for the venue's official reopening after a $35.6-million renovation. Your first headliner? Elton John, who filled the Dome with an array of hits, rarities and thumping vibes. As Sean Daly writes in his review:

If you want to break in your new house with pomp and panache, Elton John is certainly a good man for the gig. Backed by a band that at times swelled to 11 pieces, including R&B singers and hunky cello players, the iconic British popster smiled, and mugged, and flirted, all the while churning out monster hits: Bennie and the Jets, Tiny Dancer, Philadelphia Freedom.

For Levon, his pudgy yet tireless fingers worked so quickly, so nimbly, it was obvious he was showing off. And why not? The guy can still bring it.

You knew the hits were coming. But the go-go-go concert reached truly special heights when he dipped into the quirkier pockets of his back catalog.

To read more about those rarities, click here for Sean's review.

Photo: Daniel Wallace, tbt*

[Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 10:15am]


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