A low layer of smoke drifted across the dimly lit stage and a haunting prelude on the organ signaled the beginning of an amazing event. The silhouette of a man approaching the grand piano, stage right, was all the crowd needed to go wild. Elton John's opening number, "Funeral for a Friend" grabbed the audience, and for two and a half hours he never let go.
It was the first of two sold-out concerts at L.A.'s Staples Center. Elton John told his fans that playing the arena was a homecoming of sorts. It was 44 years ago that Elton made his U.S. debut at the intimate West Hollywood club, The Troubador, for an audience of just 300. For this weekend's concer...
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