Elton John pounds out the hits at TD Garden

Elton John also played songs from his new album, “The Diving Board.”
Elton John also played songs from his new album, “The Diving Board.” Getty Images for Clear Channel/file

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Elton John pounded out just one chord on the piano, sudden and thunderous, and that’s all he needed to play. It was an iconic riff. Everyone knew what was coming: the glorious bombast of “Bennie and the Jets,” with that soaring chorus intact courtesy of the audience singalong.

It came early in the evening on Tuesday at TD Garden, where John performed to a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000. And it was a reminder that John, at 66, is in a hallowed league of rock musicians whose catalog runs deep with hits (and misses) that span multiple decades.

John has them in spades, and he reeled them off in assured — and surprisingly unhurried — renditions.

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