Elton John, P Djèlí Clark and Brian Friel. I only chose one of them.
Thanks for the Ring Shout shoutout: will have to check it again. And looking forward to your new book (by the way, an animation series I worked on with London based producer Ed Bignell called Kitti Katz will debut on Netflix on May 18 as well).
I do not mean this as a one-up or anything like it. It's an admiration for Elton John, admittedly an Elton different than the one you saw, but still Elton (as I see it): It was 1971, the concert was in a relatively minor college gymnasium, and he had only a drummer and bassist with him. He wore a velvet jumpsuit (grey, as I recall), with a clown's head thing pinned near his crotch that lit up when he pulled the chain that was attached. He did handstands on the keyboard as he played, à la Jerry Lee Lewis. He was astounding. Absolutely one of the 5 best concerts I've ever seen (h/t Nick Hornby's HIgh Fidelity). thanks