HIDALGO ó Forty years ago, Sir Elton John played at a club in Hollywood called The Troubadour. In the audience that night was Leon Russell.
John listened to his music and was a fan to say the least. He idolized him and for John sharing a stage with Russell as support for their new duet album The Union, it has been an absolute honor.
Russell opened the show with a five song set that ran through classics including Tight Rope, A Song For You and Delta Lady. John proceeded Russell with a seven song set that opened with Saturday Night and included Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
The two followed with 12 songs off The Union album that included If it Wasnít for Bad that is No. 3 on the charts right now. The set finished off with the song The Hands of Angels, a song Russell wrote about John and his U.S. manager Johnny Barbis. The song explains how John was able to resurrect not a dying man but a dead career. Before the song John explained how no one had ever written a song about him and how he was truly grateful.
John came back after the song and ran through a seven song set that set the place on fire. Songs included Tiny Dancer, which had the whole place singing, I Guess thatís Why They Call it the Blues and Take Me to The Pilot.
Before his final song which was Your Song, John took about ten minutes to sign autographs for people in the front rows and even took a photo with a woman who got on stage and a woman in a wheelchair.
The concert was a complete success for a pair of musicians who love music.