One El of a concert

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IN this era of scantily-clad pop vixens and manufactured boy bands, Sir Elton John proved to Leigh Sports Village just why rock ’n’ roll still rules.

Saturday night was definitely alright for the many thousands who turned out to witness the legendary superstar perform primarily a greatest hits set to his adoring fans.

Elton John live in concert at Leigh Sports Village and (inset) the crowd at LSV

Elton John live in concert at Leigh Sports Village and (inset) the crowd at LSV

The gig was the first of a handful of UK venues on his seven-month world tour, and to the delight of the local audience, the international legend said he would rather play Leigh than in Manchester’s biggest arena.

And there is no doubt that the 67-year-old still has the same sparkle on stage, matched only by his impressive royal blue sequined suit.

The wide age range in the LSV audience was testimony to his ability to appeal to all generations, with young and old singing along as he belted out his hits.

Having arrived by helicopter, John punctually began his mesmerising performance with ‘Funeral/Love Lies’.

The crowd at the Elton John concert at Leigh Sports Village

The crowd at the Elton John concert at Leigh Sports Village

And as his powerful voice filled the air, his army of supporters were on their feet from the first note.

What a people pleaser he is. Not only did he perform many of his worldwide number one hits, including ‘Benny and The Jets’, ‘Candle in the Wind’ and ‘Tiny Dancer’, he also interacted with the audience after each song,

inviting them to share snippets of his amazing life.

One fan was so overwhelmed she ran to the stage with flowers she had purchased especially for the star and a personal note, “I love you Elton”, which he happily read to the crowd.

Unfortunately, her euphoria was short-lived when she discovered her husband had failed to capture the once-in-a -lifetime moment on camera.

John was joined on stage by his original drummer, Nigel Olsen, and the backing band was his secret weapon all night – their talents were outstanding.

It was the first gig held at Leigh Sports Village, and organisers certainly pulled together a fantastic setting.

The atmosphere was electric. The venue was big enough to hold the masses,but also intimate enough so that everyone felt close to the action.

Crowds gathered outside the stadium to rock to Sir Elton’s classics and nearby households held their own mini concert as the sound carried for miles around.

And then in the blink of an eye, it was all over. Elton paused to sign a few autographs, before taking to his helicopter to return home to Berkshire, leaving behind just memories - but what magical memories they are.