Experience | Los Angeles, CA: Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at The Staples Center

Monday, April 29, 2019

"Sweet freedom whispered in my ear. You're a butterfly and butterflies are free to fly. So fly away."-Elton John








After my coworker and I booked our work trip, I checked the Staples Center schedule. Our hotel, The Luxe, is located directly across the street and I was curious to see if there were going to be  any worthwhile events while we were in town. I saw that Elton John would be there several of the nights for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. In my mind, I thought how fun and random it would be to go to the concert, but that it was pretty unlikely due to the fact that A. We would only be able to see him one of the nights due to our schedule, B. That day was going to be jam packed with a visit to a company's headquarters, being a guest on and recording a podcast, having "linner", and attending a work event in the evening, C. The Staples Center website said the concert was sold out, and D. Tickets for these types of concerts are usually extremely expensive (I was well aware of this fact because I attempted to get my dad tickets to see The Rolling Stones for a Birthday/Christmas present a couple of months before and tickets cost upwards of $400 a ticket). However, I kept the concert in the back of my mind and never took it out of the realm of possibility.

On Wednesday evening, as my coworker and I were Lyfting it back to our hotel around 7:30, I suggested walking across the street to The Staples Center "just to say we at least asked" about tickets. She laughed and agreed. Once we were dropped off, we walked through the huge crowd of people and passed a billboard-sized sign that said "Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour: SOLD OUT." However, we were surprised to then see two box office windows open with no one waiting in line. We strolled up to the box office and my coworker asked if there were any tickets still available, all the while laughing at the absurdity of the question since the concert was supposedly sold out. Shockingly, we were met with the question, "Yes, there are tickets. Where do you want to sit?" We were flabbergasted because we honestly did not even talk about what we would do if we could attend. We both had tote bags filled to the brim with products from our work event and water bottles. Since there was such little time before the concert started, maybe 15 minutes, there was no way we would have even had time to go back to the hotel to drop off our belongings. Would we be allowed to bring all of this stuff into the concert? The answer was yes.

After going back and forth between $50 tickets in the nosebleed section and $150 tickets that were nine rows back from the stage (I was leaning towards the inexpensive seats with the mindset of gaining the experience over getting the best tickets), my coworker said, "If we are going to do this, we should do it the right way and get the best seats possible," and I agreed. 

Once we got to our seats, we were completely blown away by our amazing view and proximity to the stage. We sat next to an older gentleman, who is a lifelong Elton John fan, and has seen him on many occasions throughout his career. He had driven down from Northern California and bought tickets that night for the concert. We talked to him briefly before the show started and he compared Elton John to his younger years by saying, "He's old and fat now, but still puts on a great show." He had looked up the set list from the tour and was visibly excited for the show to start. He kept asking us if we were big fans and excited. My answer, "YES!" As a child of parents who were teenagers in the 70's, I grew up listening to Elton John and am extremely confident in my "singing along with his lyrics" ability. My colleague, who is a fan of Elton John, but doesn't know his song lyrics by heart, asked, "Do you think he'll play anything from The Lion King?" to which he responded, "No."

Words cannot express how much I enjoyed the concert. Elton John played the piano and sang for three hours and played all of my favorites: Rocketman, Leroy, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song, and Tiny Dancer; I sang my heart out. After every song, he stood up and turned to each section and waved, so everyone in attendance had ample photo opportunities. He's full of energy, and played and sang his heart into every song. He had two outfit changes, complete with glasses and giant platform shoes. The man has still got it. 

This experience is a great reminder of my life motto, "If you want something, you have to ask for it." We went up to the box office a half hour before the show started and ask if there were tickets still available, even though all the signs said "Sold Out," and we got amazing seats! I am so grateful.

10/10

1 comments:

  1. I love when things work out like that! What a fun night!

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