“Tonight is a really particular evening, a really emotional evening for me,” John mentioned after enjoying “Philadelphia Freedom” on a grand piano carrying a bedazzled jacket with tails and sun shades. “It has been an extended journey.”
John, 75, closed out his Farewell Yellow Brick Highway tour in North America on Sunday, a goodbye made even extra poignant since Dodger Stadium was the famed setting for John’s 1975 breakout stadium live shows.
Greater than 47 years in the past, John’s two electrifying, sequin outfit-filled live shows on the historic baseball stadium affirmed the rising star’s supernova standing.
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“We’re making historical past tonight, the first-ever world stream on Disney+” mentioned John. “And hi there Dodger Stadium!”
Nonetheless impacted by a hip damage that pressured the tour’s postponement in Sept. 2021, John didn’t transfer throughout the stage with ease, a lot much less leap atop his piano as he did in 1975.
However his piano-pounding numbers have not misplaced a step as he confirmed with an prolonged riff on the finish of “Levon.” After ending the track, John slumped over the piano in (presumably) exaggerated exhaustion, solely to leap again to his ft to induce extra applause.
The departing celebrity had assist from musical visitors. Brandi Carlile sang the George Michael function alongside John for “Do not Let the Solar Go Down on Me.” Holding a gold microphone Carlile by no means misplaced her giddy expression about being onstage. British singer Kiki Dee, joined John to sing their basic duet “Do not Go Breaking My Coronary heart,” 47 years after the 2 carried out the identical quantity.
“We determine to re-enact that unimaginable second,” John mentioned.
Dua Lipa and John sang their hit remix “Chilly Coronary heart” (the identical evening the track gained an American Music Award for greatest collaboration).
A cadre of Hollywood stars attended, some strolling a pre-concert pink carpet, together with JoJo Siwa (carrying a “Rocketman” satan go well with) Heidi Klum, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Kirsten Dunst, John Stamos, Connie Britton and “Prime Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller. Jude Legislation, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Neil Patrick Harris have been within the viewers.
Britney Spears, who lately collaborated with John on their single “Maintain Me Nearer,” didn’t make an look.
For his encore songs, John returned to the stage with an outfit that harkened again to his basic bedazzled (and cushty) Dodgers baseball uniform from 1975. The 2022 model was a full silver-shimmering Dodgers gown with the primary on the again. The dazzling blue baseball cap remained the identical as 1975’s model.
John introduced his track companion Bernie Taupin onstage (“if it wasn’t for him I’d not be standing right here.”) earlier than calling for his household to affix him.
“I wish to spend time with my household, I will be 76 by the point I cease touring subsequent 12 months,” mentioned John as his companion David Furnish introduced out their sons Zachary, 11, and Elijah, 9. “I wish to convey them out right here to point out you precisely why I am retiring.”
The music celebrity who was initially propelled by Los Angeles crowds thanked the native viewers for the pivotal help.
“You made me. With out America, I would not be right here,” he mentioned. “Thanks for all of the years of affection and generosity. I want you well being and love and prosperity.”
“Be sort to one another,” John added. “And farewell.”
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John ended his Farewell Yellow Brick Highway tour closing live performance together with his basic “Goodbye Yellowbrick Highway.” On the track’s finish, he discarded his silver gown to disclose a tracksuit and stepped onto a elevate that raised him up the stage. An animated John was proven on stage screens strolling onto a heavenly Yellow Brick Highway.
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