“I want you well being and love, prosperity. Be variety to one another, okay, and farewell.” With these phrases, Elton John concluded the ultimate present of his final U.S. tour Sunday night time (Nov. 20) at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, abandoning the hundreds of followers paying homage by sporting bejeweled eyeglasses, the lots of wrapped in multi-colored feather boas, the handfuls in sequined Dodgers outfits and one JoJo Siwa in John’s well-known orange-plumed satan’s swimsuit with horns, because the singer ascended to the highest of the stage in an elevator — and disappeared for good.
To say it’s the tip of an period doesn’t start to do justice to John and what his dwell exhibits have meant during the last six a long time. Beginning along with his now-fabled run at Los Angeles Troubadour in 1970 to 52 years later, few solo artists have left as a lot of a mark on enjoying dwell.
Sunday’s present was his seventh at Dodger Stadium, relationship again to his now iconic performances in October 1975 when the sparkly Dodger uniform made its first look, and his 103rd within the Los Angeles space. He additionally remarked it was the 271st present of the Farewell Yellow Brick Present outing, which started in 2018.
The solar might have gone down on the final U.S. present, however the tour will proceed by July 2023 stopping in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. By October, the present had already grossed greater than $660 million from over 250 U.S. exhibits. By the point the tour ends, it’s going to undoubtedly surpass U2’s 360 Tour to be the second highest grossing tour in Billboard Boxscore historical past. The one query is that if it might probably seize Ed Sheeran’s The Divide Tour, which earned $776.4 million.
Billboard Boxscore doesn’t span John’s total touring life, however within the three a long time it has been gathering knowledge, John has grossed greater than $1.7 billion to make him the best grossing solo act within the chart’s historical past.
However the numbers are solely a part of the story. He has been a constantly magnificent dwell performer, not ever slowed by drug habit, well being points, and now, at 75, age. And his closing present of his final American tour at Dodger Stadium, confirmed why we’re unlikely to ever see an artist like him once more in our lifetime.
Listed here are the highest highlights from the present:
The prolonged takes on classics: They’ve been doing it for years, nevertheless it’s nonetheless putting to listen to John and his band stretch out with daring muscularity on such tunes as “Rocket Man,” “Levon” and “Take Me to the Pilot,” lifting them far past the radio variations. They’ve been enjoying collectively for many years and have retained a razor sharpness, led by John’s pounding piano enjoying, Nigel Olsson’s precision drumming and Davey Johnstone’s blazing guitar work that’s nonetheless beautiful to listen to with out ever showing superfluous. In some way, the expanded model of “Levon” turned the tune from the pristine, delicate studio take right into a bop that had the 50-something, sparkly sweater-wearing man in entrance of me devising a solo dance worthy of “So You Assume You Can Dance” and John dramatically collapsing over his piano by the point it was performed.
John’s voice: It’s deeper now and never as candy and clear because it was through the ‘70s, however the crystal tone has been changed with a richness that exhibits off John’s love for the blues. That affinity at all times knowledgeable his enjoying, however not essentially his vocals within the early years.
His BFF Brandi Carlile: Carlile was one in every of three special guests for the present that aired dwell on Disney + and whereas it was simple to guess that Kiki Dee and Dua Lipa can be singing their hits with John, Carlile’s tune was a shock. She joined him for “Don’t Let the Solar Go Down On Me,” so famously first was a duet by George Michael and John at 1985’s Reside Support. Strolling out in a glittery swimsuit of her personal (with Rocket and 1 emblazoned on the again), Carlile’s lilting-yet-powerhouse vocals completely captured the tune’s desperation. Nevertheless, she couldn’t disguise her pleasure in singing with one in every of her musical heroes, even giving an cute fist pump when she left the stage. John got here out from the piano to ship a nostalgic rendition of his and Dee’s 1976 basic, “Don’t Go Breaking My Coronary heart” that completed robust after a timid begin, and Lipa and John’s first efficiency ever collectively of their 2021 world mashup, “Chilly Coronary heart.”
The fabric: John’s songs have held up fantastically. With just a few exceptions (we’re you, 1979’s disco album, Sufferer of Love), John’s songs have at all times had a timeless high quality to them whether or not it’s the easy, elegant fantastic thing about “Your Track” or the raucous, barreling “Saturday Night time’s Alright for Preventing” or the utter despair of “Sorry Appears to Be the Hardest Phrase.” They sound pretty much as good and related in the present day as they did after they first got here out a long time in the past. John and lyricist Bernie Taupin, who got here out to a heat ovation, are merely one of many best partnerships in musical historical past. They’ve been creating collectively since 1967 and although John will not tour, he’s given no indication that he plans to cease making music.
John’s gratitude: He’s at all times made a degree of constructing positive that viewers is aware of how appreciative he’s of their help that has enabled him to have such a exceptional profession and life. He made positive to thank the followers another time in a speech that was additionally a reminder of simply how lengthy he has been a part of our lives (and thru what number of codecs). “I grew to become profitable first in America, and you purchased the singles and the albums and the 8 tracks and cassettes, the CDs, and extra importantly you purchased the tickets to the exhibits which I really like greater than something, which is to play dwell,” he mentioned. “So, I need to thanks since you made me. With out America, I wouldn’t be right here. So, thanks for all of the years of affection and generosity and loyalty.” The sensation was clearly mutual. To be clichéd and apparent, how great life has been whereas Elton John has been on the earth.
Elton John Nov. 20 set checklist:
“Bennie and the Jets”
“I Guess That’s Why They Name It The Blues”
“Take Me To The Pilot”
“Somebody Saved My Life Tonight”
“Candle In The Wind”
“Funeral For A Pal/Love Lies Bleeding”
“Burn Down The Mission”
“Unhappy Songs Say So A lot”
“Sorry Appears To Be The Hardest Phrase”
“Don’t Let The Solar Go Down On Me”
“The Bitch Is Again”
“I’m Nonetheless Standing”
“Don’t Go Breaking My Coronary heart”
“Saturday Night time’s Alright For Preventing”
“Chilly Coronary heart”
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway”