Elton John; Eric Clapton

The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who's who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of the floor seats.

With:
Bands: Eric Clapton--Nathan East, Ray Cooper, Andy Fairweather-Lowe, Chuck Lovell, Steve Ferrone; Elton John--Mark Taylor, Bob Birch, Charlie Morgan, Guy Babylon, Davey Johnstone.

The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of the floor seats.

Clapton opened the show on this first of two nights at the cavernous venue–the artists have been alternating in the opening spot for their stadium dates–delivering perfunctory renditions of newer tunes such as “Tears in Heaven ,” taken from the “Rush” film score, plus perennials “Wonderful Tonight” and a 20-minute “Layla,” the set finale.

Arduous band solos marred the four-song encore, which included a pleasing yet grungier version of the Cream stalwart “Sunshine of Your Love.”

The stage arrival of John, backlit behind huge banners that fronted the stage , garnered the evening’s biggest response.

The artist’s set mixed glimpses of the future with pieces of the past by interspersing cuts from his just-released MCA disc “The One” among his many ’70s highlights.

John, who is enjoying his first top-10 album since his mid-’70s heyday, relied heavily on prerecorded string and woodwind sounds in a set that ranged from the sublime (“Your Song”) to the ridiculous (“Bitch Is Back”).

George Michael joined John for a reprise of set opener “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” a noble but unnecessary gesture, as John’s momentum and energy never waned during his more than two-hour set. The evening’s showstopper was John’s aggressive interpretation of the Freddie Mercury-penned “The Show Must Go On,” which featured John traversing the stage apron belting out the song’s lyrics, paying homage to the late singer without resorting to cheap theatrics, as a lesser performer might have done.

Elton John; Eric Clapton

(Dodger Stadium; 56,000 seats; $ 75 top)

Production: Produced by Roger Forrester, John Reid; sponsored by Diet Coke. Reviewed Aug. 29, 1992.

Cast: Bands: Eric Clapton--Nathan East, Ray Cooper, Andy Fairweather-Lowe, Chuck Lovell, Steve Ferrone; Elton John--Mark Taylor, Bob Birch, Charlie Morgan, Guy Babylon, Davey Johnstone.

More Legit

  • Eric McCormack First Time in Variety

    'Will & Grace' Star Eric McCormack Looks Back on Early Stage Roles

    The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of […]

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces The Hamildrops (Listen)

    Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces 'Hamilton' Mixtape Vol. 2 With 'Ben Franklin's Song'

    The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of […]

  • Pinocchio review

    London Theater Review: 'Pinocchio'

    The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of […]

  • The Children review

    Broadway Review: 'The Children'

    The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of […]

  • Marilyn Stasio's 10 Best New York

    10 Best New York Theater Productions of 2017

    The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of […]

  • Adam Driver

    Adam Driver to Star in 'Burn This' on Broadway

    The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of […]

  • The Twilight Zone review

    London Theater Review: 'The Twilight Zone'

    The two-superstar bill of Eric Clapton and Elton John brought out a who’s who of entertainment industry celebs and bigwigs to Dodger Stadium Saturday for a five-hour-plus rock spectacle. Both artists looked like specks on the horizon, barely aided by three small video screens that were insufficient to convey images beyond the 10th row of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content