‘It’s been a long journey’

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Elton John performs ‘Benny and the Airplane’ as he wraps up the US leg of his ‘Farewell to the 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. We’re making history tonight. It’s been a long road,” a teary-eyed Sir Elton John said to a sold-out crowd (and fans watching at home on Disney+ live) at what was not only the final concert of his three-night stand at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday. , but his last stadium show in North America.

Elton’s Farewell to the Yellow Brick Road tour itself has been a long journey: John announced his retirement from touring five years ago in January 2018. Since then, he’s barely kept a low profile, basically being the show’s hardest-working retiree. business. Over the past four years, he has published his autobiography, Rocketman, which won an Oscar for Best Song; his biography, I; and Locking Sessions, A star-studded pandemonium featuring Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Rina Sawayama and Stevie Wonder and Nicks. He has also worked with Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran; Along with Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Tammy Faye wrote a new musical about Messner and its stage adaptation. The Devil Wears Prada with Shayna Taub; even Britney Spears refused to retire. Of course, he performed 272 concerts, including one on the White House lawn.

So how can we miss him if he’s not gone? As it turns out, Elton will be sorely missed. When he returned to Dodger Stadium on Sunday for two of his most historic concerts, the 75-year-old was still playing at the peak of his powers from the moment he hit the piano keys. Benny and the Airplanes opened the show. Only once during the marathon, when he collapsed melodramatically on his piano after an epic and extended version of one of his favorite compositions, “Saved My Life Tonight,” did he show any real sign of human frailty. It seemed inexplicable that he wouldn’t return the next night for another hit from the ballpark.

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

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

But for two very short hours, John delighted his audience with Elton cosplayers—all superfans dressed in amazing Dodgers uniforms, oversized rhinestone glasses, “I’m Still Up” summer suits, and pork chop hats—just enough sequins. fill the entire JOANN Fabric and Crafts supermarket and, on at least one occasion, a Donald Duck costume like the one John wore in Central Park in 1980. (Jojo Siwa even showed up in an orange horned devil outfit. The big red feathered wings probably blocked half the row behind him from being seen.) “Thanks for dressing up. I’m so excited to see you all in costume,” Elton said toward the end of his concert, donning his third top of the night, an embellished Dodgers robe.

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JoJo Siwa arrives at the Disney+ Elton John Live: Dodger Stadium Farewell Farewell Event on the Yellow Brick Road at Dodger Stadium. (Photo: Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)

Fans flock to see Elton John wrap up the US leg of his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour at Dodger Stadium.  (Photo: Reuters/David Swanson)

Fans flock to see Elton John wrap up the US leg of his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour at Dodger Stadium. (Photo: Reuters/David Swanson)

Elton kept his stage smile — he didn’t talk about last night’s tragic shooting at Colorado’s LGBTQ+ nightclub Club Q or the horrific attack on a couple in the Dodger Stadium parking lot during his Saturday show. Instead, he expressed his love for Los Angeles, recalling, “I first came here to America in 1970 to Los Angeles, the City of Angels.” LA Times music critic Robert Hilburn’s review of his legendary exhibition at the Hollywood Troubadour changed his life. “I will never forget it. … I was the first to succeed in America. If it wasn’t for America, I wouldn’t be here.” He also recalled being “in awe” early in his career when he recorded Aretha Franklin’s “Border Song” and introduced his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

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“We’ve been writing together since 1967, and we love each other more than ever. He’s a great guy,” Elton hugged Taupin, “I love you. Thanks for all the gifts.” Taupin then declared John “the greatest man on the planet,” and the audience agreed.

Taupin was not the only special guest at this love fest. Brandi Carlyle joins Elton in her own fashion for “Don’t Let the Sun Gown on Me” (featuring John’s late band members John LoPresti, Dee Murray, Roger Pope, Guy Babylon and Bob Birch). Cosplay with the blue/grey/white block ‘Rocket 1’ costume and look absolutely star-studded in the moment. (When Carlyle performed at John’s annual Oscars viewing party earlier this year, he told an A-list crowd that John “shaped the way I walk in the world as an artist.”) Kiki Dee attended John’s first Dodger. The stadium show came out 47 years ago for the classic duet “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and Dua Lipa won American Music Collaboration of the Year for the 2021 hit “Cold Heart” with Elton. The award ceremony is a few kilometers away.

“At 75, I can’t say I’m more proud to have a world number one record at 75,” John said as Dua left the stage. Hold me closer.” It seemed like the setup for a surprise Britney cameo… but then again, no. Instead, John performed his first hit single, Your Song, although concertgoers didn’t seem disappointed. (They sang “Hold Me Closer” as Elton served as his exit music at the end of the evening.)

Although this will be John’s last show in America, he won’t be away from the stage for too long: his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour kicks off in Australia and New Zealand in January, followed by the UK and Europe and finally Sweden. In July 2023. Then he didn’t rule out smaller concert residencies or occasional one-off gigs. “What I love more than anything is playing live,” he assured Sunday’s Dodger Stadium crowd. However, she still seemed at peace with her decision to ditch her hectic touring schedule to bring out her husband David Furnish and their sons Elijah and Zachary and remind them that the reason for her retirement is to spend more time with her family. .

“I don’t really look back too much,” Elton told Yahoo Entertainment in 2018. “But when I do, I remember what I did. I lived 10 years in one year. I just had a blast. I mean, there were a lot of great things. In 1970, if you’d told me I’d be sitting here … talking about the farewell tour, I’d have said, “You’re crazy!” I would say that. But then, 10 years ago, if you told me I had two kids, I would have said, “You’re crazy.” This is my life; I’m willing to let it develop as it should. I’ve had the most amazing career. It won’t stop.”

Elton John’s full line-up at Dodger Stadium on November 20:

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Benny and the Jets

Freedom in Philadelphia

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


A candle in the wind

Burying a Friend/Love is Bleeding

Burn down the mission

Sad songs (sing a lot)

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down (with Brandy Carlyle)

Kanshik is back

I’m still standing

Crocodile rock

Don’t Break My Heart (Kiki Dee)

Good for a Saturday night fight


Cold Heart (with Dua Lipa)

Your song

Goodbye yellow brick road

Read more at Yahoo Entertainment:

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

· Elton John Focuses on Family on Farewell Tour: ‘I Can’t Go Forever’

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

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

· Brandi Carlyle pays tribute to Ryan White at Elton John’s Oscars: ‘I don’t take standing here lightly’

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

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

· Elton John’s warning about the benefits of the coronavirus: “There was another infectious disease that was recently ignored”

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