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Elton John Plays Classic Albums

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Everyone talks about Bob Dylan's and Willie Nelson's never-ending tours, but Elton John does just as many shows a year as those guys without getting half the recognition. Maybe one reason is his habit of filling his set lists with well-known hits, ignoring huge swaths of his back catalog. In 2005 he played 1975's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy in full at a couple of shows. It's time to do much more of that kind of thing. Albums like 1970's The Tumbleweed Connection and 1971's Madman Across The Water are total masterpieces that deserve to be revived onstage. People who haven't seen Elton in years will come out to see this. We've all danced the crocodile rock enough. Let's hear "Rotten Peaches" and "My Father's Gun."

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