Elton John & Christine And The Queens Duetted 'Tiny Dancer' & It Was Immense
The Rocket Man blew us away as he brought along some friends for the opening night of Apple Music Festival...
Last night (18th September) Sir Elton John kicked off this year's Apple Music Festival, its tenth anniversary, in Crocodile Rockin' style. Queues stretched as far as the eye could see outside London's Roundhouse in Camden, for the first of ten nights of free gigs featuring the biggest stars in music and all paid for on Apple's dollar.
After six decades in the business, what more of a statement for one of the worlds best-selling artists to make than not needing a support act. Instead over his two-hour set, as well as reeling off his ridiculous amount of hits, the 69-year-old decided to showcase some of the best up-and-coming talent he was fortunate to come across because of his Beats 1 radio show.
A couple of things...
Je T'aime Christine And The Queens
His fourth guest of the night, Elton welcomed to a roar of cheers French superstar Christine and the Queens, aka Héloïse Letissier, and a group of dancers for a turn of her breakthrough hit 'Tilted'.
As had been the structure of the night, the guests paid back the favour joining him on one of his many classic duets. While we'd secretly been crossing our fingers for 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' (c'mon that'd would've been awesome) Elton and Héloïse opted to give us their take on 'Tiny Dancer', and at one point we almost thought the roof was going to tear off as the audience belted out the famous chorus with them.
Je t'aime Christine. Or is that nous aimons Christine? (We dropped out of French in Year 9...)
Can We Talk About Gallant Please
We'd heard good things about the Mind Of A Genius-signed Gallant, but witnessing his killer falsetto as he joined Elton John for 'Weight In Gold' left us picking our jaw up off the floor.
Seriously, stunning stuff.
Also during the night you could have heard a pin drop as Devon lass Rosie Lowe commanded the room as she delivered 'Woman', while Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap was a fine substitute for George Michael on 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'.
Ending on the riproaring classics 'Crocodile Rock' and 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', Elton sent the crowd absolutely wild, including a certain David Walliams who was spotted busting some moves on the balcony.
Elton, it was an honour and a privilege, Sir.
The 1975 are next to take to the Roundhouse stage tonight, while over the rest of the fest we'll witness Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Alicia Keys, Bastille, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, OneRepublic and Chance The Rapper.
Why can't we have this every month?