Legendary piano man, Sir Elton John, played a surprise intimate set for Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence 2013 gala at the Waldorf Astoria. The event honored New England Patriots owner and Sir Elton’s good friend, Robert Kraft.
PR initially said photographers were allowed to shoot the first two songs from halfway back and either side of the room. The angles were workable but definitely not ideal. During the first song, however, I noticed a couple of shooters right under the stage. I asked PR if I could join them and they gave me the OK. Can’t explain their change of heart but I’m really glad I made the move because that’s where I got my best shots.
As for Sir Elton’s performance, I was blown away by the power of his playing and voice. He’s a magnetic force on-stage and I count myself very lucky to have seen him up-close in an intimate setting.