All good things will come to an end, but that doesn’t make them any easier to accept. However, adding some sequins and piano definitely dampens the blow – something Sir Elton John knows well. The singer played his final North American show at Dodger Stadium last night, the three-night finale at the stadium commemorating the end of his farewell tour, aptly dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.”
Wearing (among many other costumes) a Dodgers-themed robe that exuded both flair and relaxation, 75-year-old John performed before a crowd of nearly 50,000 tiny dancers. Many of the audience were delighted in their own John-inspired looks with sequins and feathers. AP entertainment reporter Andrew Dalton, and the singer himself noticed the style in the crowd.
“Thank you all for dressing up,” said John, “it makes me so happy when you wear the most amazing costumes.”
During the nearly two-hour set, John hit all the hits of his 55-year career –‘Rocket Man’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Benny and The Jets’, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ and of course ‘Your Song’ were all on the menu. Of course he ended the performance with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, the track that gave his farewell tour its name. (Read The AV Club‘s ranking of John’s greatest hits here.)
The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour first kicked off in September 2018, with a monstrous roster of over 300 dates around the world. It was suspended in 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemonium and resumes in 2021. John will be touring again in January, stopping in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Europe. In July he ends his tour in Sweden but has made it clear that this will only be the end of his touring days, not his music career.
According to John himself, the last Dodger Stadium concert:which was streamed live via Disney+ – was his 103rd performance in Los Angeles. John treated the audience to stories from his early days in LA. According to the singer, his first appearance in the City of Angels was in 1970, in a club called the Troubador.
It was too an evening of guest starring from across John’s career. Kiki Dee came out to join him for a performance of “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart”, in which John jumped off the keys and started dancing. Brandi Carlile donned her own sequined suit to perform a duet of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” (and an unspoken tribute to one of John’s dear colleagues, the late George Michael).
Dua Lipa also joined John onstage during an encore to perform their 2021 hit “Cold Heart”. SubsequentlyJohn reflected on his wide streak of No. 1 hits before transitioning into his very first hit, ‘Your Song’ from the 1970s.
“I can’t tell you what it feels like to be 75 years old and have the No. 1 record all over the world,” John shared. “And this was my very first hit, 52 years ago.”
Despite a long list of luminous collaborators, perhaps the largest the evening’s reveal was that of lyricist Bernie Taupin. Taupin is John’s longest running collaborator and the writer behind most of the Rocket Man’s greatest hits.
“We’ve been writing together since 1967,” John said as he wrapped up Taupin (dressed in much more muted clothing) in his arms. “We still love each other more than ever before.”
John also made it a point to make his last show a family affair and highlight the support system he will return home to after his last curtain call. In In the closing minutes of the show, John welcomed his husband, David Furnish, and their sons, 11-year-old Zachary and 9-year-old Elijah, to the stage. The trio wore matching Dodgers baseball jackets that read “Elton” across the back as they waved excitedly to the crowd.
“I want to spend time with my family because I will be 76 next year,” John said before his family joined him. “I want to bring them out and show you why I’m retiring.”