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June 28, 2022

Concert reviews

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood-class and professionalism

Two huge names in the music industry, Eric Clapton, three times celebrated in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, and his old friend from Blind Faith, Steve Winwood, composer and poly-instrumentalist, gave, on Friday night, an unforgettable concert, at the Iolanda Balas Stadium in the Capital, reaping prolonged rounds of applause from the public. The two legends of the genre offered us a lesson in class, professionalism and talent in the music world, couched in classical sequences of blues, rhythm & blues, and furtive incursions into the realm of jazz, in which Steve Winwood, most often, led the way. Everything seemed to belong in a universe in which sounds were ripe with perfection, and Clapton, also known as ‘Slowhand’, charmed the public with guitar solos one is rarely privileged enough to hear. Winwood offered some surprises of his own, including a well-known song, originally sung by the late Ray Charles, “Georgia On My Mind”, and, as the show was drawing to an end, Clapton revived the sound of the ‘70s, by the famous “Layla” and “Cocaine”, the latter marking also the end of the show. Despite the persistent applause of a public amounting to 15,000 people, the two artists offered only one encore.

Elton John – A magic night

Elton John sparkled, on Saturday night, on the stage in the Constitution Square, for about two and a half hours, during which time he performed for an 8,000-strong public, in an incendiary atmosphere, owing both to the live hits and the impeccable sound system.

The artist, famous for his eccentric concert appearances, started the evening in a black tux, decorated with colourful spangles, blue-tinted glasses and with frizzled hair. He sat down before the piano, playing first an instrumental piece, moving on to songs like “Saturday Night” and “Rocket Man” and to singles on his latest album, illustrated with colourful animations in the background. These were followed by hits such as “Sacrifice”, “Something about the Way You Look Tonight”, “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” and “Candle In the Wind”, which the public welcomed with loud applause from the very first chords, hanging on every note in these familiar songs, in an excellent live performance.

The spellbound mood was then replaced by a more energetic one, as the spectators stood up, one by one, and came near the stage, dancing on the more lively tunes which followed, including “I’m Still Standing”.

Elton John left the stage, then, after singing two hours on end, and the public called, loudly, for an encore. The artist returned for an encore and performed the song which brought him an Oscar for the “Lion King” soundtrack.

“Thank you for showing us so much love. This song goes to each and every one of you,” Elton John said, closing his concert with “Your Song”.

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