Silverdome rocks to Elton's classics

``THE Bitch is Back.''

It was with the lyrics from that song, that Elton John entered the Launceston Silverdome stage last night.

``It's great to be back,'' he said, dressed in a blue shirt, a long sequined jacket and his signature red trimmed, blue lens glasses.

A packed audience of 5500, some of whom had taken more than 40 minutes to get into the Silverdome because of traffic congestion,  greeted Sir Elton with cheers, screams and a standing ovation.

Straight to his shiny black grand piano, Sir Elton was quickly into his concert and it didn't take long for the crowd to get into Sir Elton's energetic performance.

During Philadelphia Freedom fans danced up to the stage in the aisles before being pulled away by security guards.

Sir Elton continued on with Candle in the Wind and Rocket Man.

He even told the story behind why he sang his rendition of Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters in New York City in 2001 for a 9/11 memorial concert.

He said he had sung the song as a dedication to the emergency workers and their families.

Sir Elton was supported by a band that included long-time  members Davey Johnstone on guitar and Nigel Olsson on drums.

Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser warmed up the crowd with performances of AC/DC's Highway to Hell and a selection of U2 songs.

Sir Elton was performing in Launceston to celebrate his 40th anniversary of his hit Rocket Man.

This article has been edited from the original version.

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