Live(stream) from New York, it’s…

…An unexpected surprise!  I joined the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival via Livestream at 7:30 pm and watched the opening ceremonies.  I was hoping to catch Cameron Crowe’s film of the making of The Union, but (alas) that wasn’t being livestreamed…guess I’ll just have to buy it when it comes out!

Of course, the festivities didn’t quite start on time, but I did get to see Elton come on stage (introduced by Martin Scorcese, no less!) to talk about the film.  He said he hadn’t seen it yet, and that he was honored – and frightened – at the same time.  Not soon after, the Livestream screen went to black as the in-person crowd got to watch the film, and the virtual crowd had to wait until EJ came back on stage around 9:45…

Fast forward to 9:45, and the chat room crowd was all abuzz, just like an arena crowd awaiting the start of a concert.  The excitement was palpable!  Elton came back on stage a little after 10:00 pm, and after a few refreshes, I was in!  Elton treated the crowd (both in person and via Livestream) to 6 songs:

  • Tiny Dancer
  • Rocket Man
  • I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
  • Gone to Shiloh
  • You’re Never Too Old
  • Your Song

It was almost like having front row seats!  Nothing beats being there “live,” but I must say I was pleasantly surprised by both the video and audio quality of the livestream.  I put my headphones on, turned the volume up and rocked away.

Singing Rocket Man...

It sure did look cold!  In fact, he said he was frozen like a lollipop up there (“And I mean a big lollipop,” he added)…But ever the trooper, the set (albeit too short) was amazing.

Bidding the crowd adieu...

And then it was over…(sigh)…an Elton aperitif, I guess you could say…hopefully this will last until I can see him in concert again!