As Sir Elton John prepares to take the stage Wednesday night at Ford Park, 12News reporter Vanessa Holmes went behind the scenes with the stage crew who spent Tuesday getting ready for sound check.
From the floor to the cat walk, 60 crew members spent three hours setting the stage; a set designed by the late Mark Fischer, infamous in the world of rock.
It takes a lot of unloading materials from nine trucks and four buses to put Elton John's stage together.
"It takes about two to three hours to put together. Then, once it's all put together, we'll wheel it back to the end of the arena where it'll be in position. Then, we can load the instruments and all back on it," said DC Parmet, tour manager.
The instruments include Elton John's pianos. There are six piano systems that are all Yamaha, nine-foot grand pianos.
Above the drummers will hang a golden chandelier which takes full video. It was also designed by Mark Fischer.
The chandelier has 1,400 LED lights and weighs over a ton. It also automates up and down 60 feet.
The chandelier will help Elton John light up the stage in the city where he played in 2000. Wednesday, he's back for round two.
"A lot of times if you play Dallas or Houston, they're more use to stuff like this. But, to get Elton John in Beaumont, that's pretty special and it's special for us because the crowds are so fantastic. Elton feeds off the energy of the crowd and we all feed off his energy," said Parmet.
Elton John's 3 hour non-stop concert will be on his personal stage and will take you on a journey through his career; starting from his first albums through his last album "The Diving Board."
Wednesday's concert starts at 8 pm inside Ford Arena. Doors open at 6:30. You're encouraged to get there early and expect long lines.
No cameras are allowed. This includes point and shoot cameras. Cell phones are allowed inside the concert.
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