Sir Elton John wowed the crowds at a packed Ewood Park on the latest leg of his ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ tour.
Performing hits from the singer’s glittering five-decade long career, Ewood Park hosted the fifth concert on the seventh leg of his world tour.
Supported by the soulful Jake Isaac, who warmed up the anticipant Lancashire crowd, the global superstar took to the stage as the rain cleared in the famous blue-and-white of his hosts.
However, Sir Elton’s dazzling suit was not his only nod to Rovers on the night, saying: “It’s wonderful to be playing at this fantastic stadium. I’ve got many memories of Blackburn Rovers, going back to the days of Bryan Douglas and Ronnie Clayton.”
Those of a blue-and-white persuasion were then brought to their feet to join in a rendition of ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’, as the Grammy award-winning artist played through his illustrious back catalogue of songs.
From ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Daniel’ and ‘I’m Still Standing’ amongst others, the Ewood Park crowd were in good voice as they participated in a 15,000 strong sing-a-long in the late Lancashire evening sunshine.
Extra security measures were put in place on the night to ensure the safety of the spectators following the recent Manchester and London terror attacks and Sir Elton duly paid tribute to all those who had lost loved ones in the tragedies by dedicating the song ‘I Want Love’ to them.
As a red hue lit up the Blackburn skyline, Sir Elton also dedicated his aptly-titled hit ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ to his late friend George Michael, who sadly passed away on Christmas Day.
After almost a year of preparations, Rovers’ Business Development Manager Danny Davis hailed the event a huge success.
He said: “A year in the making, it was fantastic to see the local area enjoying such a legendary professional at work. A lot of hard work went in behind-the-scenes to make it happen and we hope that everyone in attendance had a fabulous time.”
As an exuberant crowd danced in the aisles troughout the 23 song, two-and-a-half hour long concert, and brought the evening to a close with his number one platinum-selling song ‘Candle In The Wind’ as phone lights and torches lit up the stands.
It truly was a ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’.