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‘It’s been a long journey’

‘It’s been a long journey’

Elton John performs “Benny and the Jets” as he wraps up the US leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at Dodger Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Reuters/David Swanson)

“Tonight is a very special night. Tonight we are making history. “Not only is it the final gig of his three-night stand at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, it’s been a long journey,” a tearful Sir Elton John said Sunday, addressing his sold-out crowd (and fans watching at home via Disney’s livestream). , but never his last North American stadium show.

Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is itself a long journey, indeed: John announced his retirement from touring nearly five years ago, Back in January 2018. And since then he’s kept a pretty low profile, essentially becoming the hardest-working retiree in show business. In the last four or so years, he has released his biopic, rocket manwhich Won the Oscar for Best Song; his autobiography, me; And lockdown session, An all-star Pandemic album featuring Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Rina Sawayama and Stevie’s Wonder and Nicks. He has also collaborated with Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran; Co-writing a New music about Tammy Faye Messner ‘Jake Shears’ with the Scissor Sisters and a stage adaptation of it The Devil Wears Prada With Shaina Taub; And if Coaxed Britney Spears out of recording retirement. And of course, he played 272 concerts, including one On the White House lawn.

So, as the old saying goes: How can we miss him when he’s gone? As it turns out, Elton will be very, very missed. Sunday, as he returns to Dodger Stadium — the site of Two of his most historic concerts — The 75-year-old was still playing at the peak of his circa-’75 powers, from the moment the thrilling piano-key thumps of “Benny and the Jets” opened the show. Only once during his marathon set — when he melodically plopped down on the piano after jamming into an epic and extended version of one of his favorite compositions, “Somebody Saved My Life Tonight” — did he show any real signs of human frailty. It seemed inconceivable that he wouldn’t come back the next night to hit another out of the ballpark.

Sir Elton John performs on stage at Dodger Stadium during the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.  (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Sir Elton John performs on stage at Dodger Stadium during the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

But for two very fleeting hours, John delighted his audience of Elton cosplayers — superfans all decked out in bedazzled Dodgers uniforms, oversized glass sunglasses, “I’m still standing” summer suits and porkpie hats, plenty of sequins. Fill an entire JOANN fabric and crafts superstore, and, in at least one case, a Donald Duck outfit just like the one John wore in Central Park in 1980. Huge red-feathered wingspans that probably blocked the view of half the row behind him.) “Thank you for dressing up. It makes me so happy when I see you all dressed up,” Elton said near the end of his concert in his third over-the-top outfit of the night, a bejeweled Dodgers bathrobe.

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Jojo Siwa arrives at the Disney+ “Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium” Farewell Yellow Brick Road event at Dodger Stadium. (Photo: Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)

Fans came to see Elton John perform as he wrapped up the US leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at Dodger Stadium.  (Photo: Reuters/David Swanson)

Fans came to see Elton John perform as he wrapped up the US leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at Dodger Stadium. (Photo: Reuters/David Swanson)

Elton kept his stage banter light – he didn’t mention the tragic events of the night before Shooting at Colorado’s LGBTQ+ nightspot Club Q or hideous Couple attacked in Dodger Stadium parking lot on his Saturday show. Instead, he expressed his love for L.A., saying, “I first came here, to America, in 1970 — in Los Angeles, the City of Angels,” recalling how LA Times Music critic Robert Hilburn’s rave review of his now legendary showcase at Hollywood’s Troubadour changed his life. “I will never forget it. … I first became successful in America. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for America.” He recalled being “surprised” early in his career when Aretha Franklin covered his composition “Border Song” and passionately introduced his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

“We’ve been writing together since 1967, and we love each other more than ever. He’s an amazing guy,” Elton gushed, hugging Taupin and telling him, “I love you. Thanks for all the gifts.” Taupin then proclaimed John “the greatest man in the world”, while the audience roared in approval.

Taupin was not the only special guest at this lovefest. Brandi Carlile joined in on “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (dedicated to John’s late band members John LoPresti, Dee Murray, Roger Pope, Guy Babylon and Bob Birch), wearing her own fashion-forward take on Elton in a blue/grey /cosplay with a white colorblock “Rocket 1” suit and look adorably starstruck in this whole pinch-me moment. (While Carlyle Performed at John’s annual Oscar viewing party (Earlier this year, she told an A-list crowd that John “shaped the way I walk through the world as an artist.”) Kiki D, who appeared at John’s first Dodger Stadium show 47 years ago, came out for the classic duet. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and Dua Lipa teamed up with Elton for their 2021 hit “Cold Heart,” which won collaboration of the year at the American Music Awards just a few miles away.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am, at 75, to have a No. 1 record around the world,” John announced as Dua left the stage, also gushing about the recent success of his Britney Spears collaboration, “Hold Me Close. ” It seemed like a setup for a surprise Britney cameo… but then again, no. Instead, John played his first hit single, “Your Song,” though concertgoers didn’t seem too disappointed. (They heard a piped-in “Hold Me Closer” when it was played as Elton’s exit music at the end of the evening.)

Although this was John’s last show in America, he won’t be away from the stage for long: his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour resumes in January with dates in Australia and New Zealand, before continuing to Britain and Europe and finally wrapping up in Sweden in July 2023. And after that, he didn’t rule out small-scale concert residencies or the occasional one-off gig. “What I love more than anything is the live game,” he assured Sunday’s Dodger Stadium crowd. However, she was still very much at peace with her decision to give up her grueling touring schedule, bringing along her husband David Furnish and their sons, Elijah and Zachary, to remind the crowd that the reason for her retirement was to spend better time with family. .

“I don’t really look back too much,” Elton told Yahoo Entertainment in 2018. “But when I do, it’s to remember what I’ve done. I lived 10 years in one year. I’ve just had a blast. I mean, so many wonderful things have happened. In 1970, if you had told me that I was sitting here… talking about a farewell tour, I would have said, ‘You’re crazy!’ But then, 10 years ago if you’d said I’d have kids – two kids – I’d have said, ‘You’re nuts.’ Such is my life; I am willing to let it evolve as it should. I have had the most incredible career. It won’t stop.”

Elton John’s complete November 20 Dodger Stadium setlist was:

Benny and the Jets

Philadelphia Independence

I guess that’s why they call it the blues

border song

little dancer

Have mercy on the criminal

rocket man

Take me to the pilot

Someone saved my life tonight

Levon

Candles in the air

Funeral Bleeding for a Friend/Love Lie

Burn down mission

Sad Song (Say A Lot)

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Don’t Them Go Down On Me (with Brandy Carlyle)

The Beach is Back

I’m still standing

Crocodile Rock

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki D)

Saturday night is fine for the fight

Encore:

Cold Heart (with Dua Lipa)

your song

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:

· Elton John remembers the wonderful Iggy Pop on stage — in a gorilla suit

· Elton John talks farewell tour, focuses on family: ‘I can’t go on forever’

· Taron Egerton on the Elton John song that changed his life

· ‘Rocketman’ star Taron Egerton on gay storyline: ‘I’m so proud that our film puts it front and center’

· Brandi Carlyle honors Ryan White on stage at Elton John’s Oscar party: ‘I don’t take standing here lightly’

· Bernie Taupin on awkward but important ‘Rocketman’ scene: ‘It absolutely happened’

· Elton John guitarist Davy Johnstone on how John Lennon’s last public performance led to a Yoko Ono reunion: ‘It was very special for them’

· Elton John’s warning during coronavirus benefit: ‘A while ago, there was another infectious disease that was ignored’

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