Elton John bids farewell to America with ’emotional’ Los Angeles live performance

Clad in a sequined bathrobe, Elton John signed off the ultimate US live performance of his farewell tour Sunday with a usually flamboyant present in Los Angeles, town that helped launch him to international fame half a century in the past. John took to the stage of the Dodger Stadium-the baseball enviornment that performed host to 2 of his most celebrated, career-defining exhibits in 1975 — for what he stated was a “very particular, very emotional” live performance live-streamed on Disney+.

“As you already know I’m stopping touring and this shall be my final live performance in America and Canada,” he introduced. The 75-year-old British musician has had a protracted, deeply reciprocated love affair with Los Angeles. As portrayed within the hit 2019 biopic movie “Rocketman,” John’s nascent profession was given a stratospheric enhance by his debut US present on the Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood in 1970.

“You realize what? I turned profitable first in America,” John stated on Sunday. “You obtain the singles and the albums and the 8-tracks, the cassettes, the CDs. And extra importantly you purchased the tickets to the exhibits.” Over the primary half of the Seventies, John launched numerous hit songs, dominating the pop charts with tracks similar to “Your Track” and “Tiny Dancer,” and honed his extravagant on-stage persona.

English singer Dua Lipa arrives for the “Elton John Dwell: Farewell from Dodger Stadium.”

That period culminated in two fabled nights in 1975 at Dodger Stadium, the place he carried out to a packed viewers in a bespoke, sequined model of the baseball group’s uniform. In a nod to the previous, John re-emerged on stage Sunday for the live performance’s encore wearing a Dodgers-themed bathrobe and pearl-lined baseball cap.

“Be variety to one another, OK? And farewell!” he concluded, earlier than launching into his anthemic “Goodbye Yellow Brick Street.” The career-spanning set, that includes hits from “Crocodile Rock” to “Candle In The Wind,” drew raucous cheers and singalongs from about 55,000 followers, many wearing feather boas, sun shades and-of course-sequins impressed by the singer. Some held indicators letting the singer know they’d attended dozens and even lots of of his live shows. “It makes me so completely happy to see you whenever you put on probably the most incredible costumes and also you’ve been to so many exhibits,” stated John.

US actors John Stamos (left) and Caitlin McHugh arrive for the “Elton John Dwell: Farewell from Dodger Stadium.”

‘Lengthy journey’

The Disney+ platform, which has not too long ago moved into live-streamed occasions, is making a documentary about John, culminating in his present “Farewell Yellow Brick Street” tour. Already the third-highest-grossing in historical past, at over $660 million in accordance with Billboard, the tour nonetheless has about 60 dates throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe forward.

It started in 2018 however was postponed a number of instances because of the pandemic and a hip damage suffered by John. He has not dominated out additional solo exhibits when the tour ends in 2023. On Sunday, John was joined on stage by Dua Lipa, to carry out their latest hit duet “Chilly Coronary heart,” and Kiki Dee for his or her 1976 basic “Don’t Go Breaking My Coronary heart.” He additionally introduced out singer Brandi Carlile and Bernie Taupin, his long-time musical collaborator. “It is a very particular evening for me, a really emotional evening for me,” stated John. “It’s been a protracted journey.” – AFP



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