by Troy Kippen
AFTER months of preparation, one of the world's biggest superstars took to the stage of BB Print Stadium in Mackay, North Queensland, on Friday night.
And the man and the band did not disappoint.
Sir Elton John and his Band came on stage to the roar of the 15,000+ strong audience and stayed on stage for a two-hour show.
He played some of the crowd favourites, including Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Saturday Night's Alright and Benny and the Jets.
But he also played some of his own favourites from early in his career.
The crowd responded with the same enthusiasm as they did with his all of his hits, with a marriage proposal during Tiny Dancer.
He even threw in a his own unique version of Waltzing Matilda.
Sir Elton John used his Mackay concert as a platform to hit out at terrorism and spread a message of love.
The superstar dedicated his song I Want Love to people who had suffered at the hands of, or been affected by, "brainless nightmare idiots".
"We live in strange times ... People being mown down by cars and people being blown up," he said.
As Sir Elton and his band played the hit, the big screen sent a message of love to cities that had been touched by terrorism.
"BER MAD SYD LDN MCR PAR ORL NCE STO," the sign of cities read.
More than 15,000 concertgoers, including more than 5000 who jetted in from out of town, packed out the BB Print Stadium as it played host to the legendary musician.
Sparkling from head to toe in an embellished blue suit and a pair of his signature glasses, the playful 70-year-old hammed it up, demanding applause and screams from the eager audience.
"So, we finally got to Mackay and we are extremely happy to be here," he said.
"We love coming to Australia and we love coming to places we have never been before."
Despite the best efforts of security, a large group of fans crowded at the front of the stage for most of the second half of the show.
To close he played an audience favourite, Candle in the Wind and hundreds shone lights to the stage, adding to the atmosphere of the best show Mackay has hosted.
Were you there? What did you enjoy most?
Brian Venton Yes was there to see him live. His piano skills are truly amazing. Love the tribute to waltzing matilda and all the other classics songs.
George Olga It's really happened,it was a wonder in Mackay yesterday and Elton really performed alive on stage here)). He was so awesome, I never was a big fan of him,but yesterday I fall in love when I saw how hard it was all the time to play piano music and sing song without stopping and how much energy he was putting in the act)great job,I amazed by Elton band and his talents) thanks a lot to all,who made it happened) want more
Natalie Bornman I got chills watching it was incredible 😊
Dianne Cameron Elton was fantastic! and the organisers of the event did an amazing job! I was sceptical on the buses but they were fantastic..,great job to all..Bring on the next one
Jess Reichelt Hubby asked me to dance when Tiny Dancer played. It was our wedding song so it was a really surreal feeling seeing and hearing it live. A once in a lifetime moment. Truly humbled and blessed
Vicky McLean What an amazing opportunity to be able to witness such a class act in regional Queensland, well done to all those involved in making it happen. Elton John was amazing and Busby Marou are a brilliant duo!
Paula Edwards I bawled my eyes out to candle in the wind since this September marks 20 years when he sang it at Princess Diana's funeral. Crocodile rock was my favourite. And glad to see Busby Marou as support act.
Sarah Davis Waltzing Matilda!!!! He is phenomenal I could watch him play all night!
Kacey Barba His piano skills were unlike no others! He was mind blowing! Amazing!
Diana Said Fantastic and A once in a Life Time Experience for me. Wow .🎹🎤🎶😎
Natasha Sloan AMAZING he is a true star A night we will never forget
Janet Williamson Sir Elton is a legend-Mackay totally rocked last night 🎹🎶💃🥂
Deborah Anne Fantastic night! Elton is a legend & Mackay did a awesome job