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Elton John: Rocket Man Live! (Liquid Lunch Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2019

This could not be described as recreating the “iconic live sound of the original rocket man” unless they meant the late Yuri Gagarin singing in the shower. Elton John can sing in tune; this singer was persistently flat and his voice lacked timbre. All the usual Elton John songs were there, but the vocalist was woefully under rehearsed and at times seemed to be sight reading. He explained between numbers that he’d had to learn most of the songs from scratch and indeed the emphasis on the words was often wrong. There was no attempt at a theatrical costume or much showmanship either. Tonight the audience was full of Elton John fans who knew the songs better than the performer.

theSpace @ Niddry St, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 1/5 l [Louise Rodgers]