A few years back we introduced our kids to Elton John. They love his music, so when we found out he’d be in Albuquerque, they begged us to go. Being the amazing parents that we are (you could also call us pushovers) we bought tickets for all 6 of us. But being also, at least sometimes, frugal, we bought cheap tickets. A few years ago, Al and I saw him in concert in Minneapolis and it was fantastic, so we knew this was a show the kids would like.
His body of work is too vast to know every song, but the kids know quite a few of them. Recently, my youngest had me write the lyrics our for Your Song so he could sing along with the song. Really, this is about one of the cutest things he’s ever done.
On the day of the concert, we drove up to the venue, parked, and wandered in. Nice and early. We were just about to head up the steps to our seats when this guy walked up to us.
“I’m with the tour and I’ve got 6 front row tickets to give to people who look like they’ll enjoy them. And I’d like to give them to you.”
“I’m with the tour,” he repeated.
I think one of us said something along the lines of “what’s the catch?”
“No catch”, he said, handed us the tickets, and walked away.
We didn’t quite believe it. He had not asked us for our original tickets so, at least it was a tiny bit less sketchy. We hung on to them, just in case, and backtracked to the right section for our supposedly new fancy seats.
We got closer and closer, and sure enough, those tickets were right as rain and there we were in the front row, right smack dab next to the piano Elton would be sitting at.
We didn’t think it could get any better. But it did. Toward the end of the show, the guy who gave us the tickets directed the front rows to approach the stage. He asked me specifically to have Rick sit on the edge of the stage.
There we stood watching the last few songs of the concert. Until Elton John took a few moments to sign albums and other odds and ends that fans were holding out for him. And that’s when the real magic happened.
Here’s a few more pics from the night. What a night it was. The only issue now is that my kids are completely ruined for any other concert. Nothing else will compare.