And Elton loves me too. For 40 years, he has followed me around the country.
When I lived in...
- ...Bartlesville, Elton played two Tulsa concerts in 1980 and 1982.
- ...Kansas City, Elton played outdoors at Sandstone Amphitheater in 1986.
- ...Indianapolis, Elton played at Conseco Fieldhouse in 2000 and 2005.
- ...Charlottesville, Elton played at John Paul Jones Arena in 2008.
- ...Aurora, Elton played outdoors at the Woodlands Pavilion in Houston in 2015, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls in 2015, at the Pepsi Center in Denver last week, and at the Sprint Center in Kansas City last night.
Each of the concerts was fantastic whether I was sitting in third row seats in Charlottesville or sitting near the top of the arena in my usual cheap seats. No matter my proximity to the stage, I usually cry a couple of times during an Elton concert. Many of his soulful songs evoke such strong emotion: Candle in the Wind, Your Song, Tiny Dancer. My least favorite is Bennie and the Jets and my most favorite are Levon and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting. I also love Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters and wish he'd play that more often.
It was the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road double album that rocked my world in 1973. Since then, I've loved his albums, his concerts, his movies, and his musicals. And just last year, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s first season ended with Curtains (1975). So now I love his television music too.
Last night in Kansas City, ten friends from Charlottesville, Colorado Springs, Kansas City, Loveland, and Sparks, NV came together to celebrate Elton's musical genius during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
US Toy Company to get the one thing we need for an Elton farewell concert: feather boas.
And when we picked up our friends at the airport, it was not too difficult to distinguish between us and the other drivers waiting at the gate.
Elton and his fans have been a constant throughout my life. Just as six of Elton's albums are included on the Rolling Stones' list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, all of these friends are on the Johnston list of Greatest Friends of All Time.
Last night, the Kansas City crowd was beyond enthusiastic. Elton and the band seemed so happy to be on stage. They were having fun and we were having fun. Elton rocked Levon better than ever. For three hours, he made me dance, he made me laugh, and he made me cry. We were even interviewed for the Kansas City news!
Thanks, Elton, for all of it. And thanks, friends, for sharing it all with us. I'm emotional, sappy, and grateful. And from now on, I promise to wear more feather boas.
Yours in loving Elton and his fans,