After a stunning opening game on Thursday and a triumphant encore on Saturday (“Saturday, Saaaaturday!”), Elton John returned to Dodger Stadium on Sunday for his final North American bow.
The legendary artist watched the sun set over Los Angeles one last time as he returned to the stage that catapulted him to superstardom nearly 50 years ago. John was joined by collaborators Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile and Kiki Dee for Sunday’s performance of the North American leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
But they weren’t the only stars supporting the acclaimed singer-pianist for his grand finale at Dodger Stadium, which could be streamed live on Disney+.
Other celebrities in attendance included Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Lizzo, Heidi Klum, Angela Bassett, Jude Law, Billie Jean King, HER, Donatella Versace, Miles Teller, Kirsten Dunst, JoJo Siwa, Connie Britton, Christopher Lloyd, John Stamos , Raven-Symoné and Taron Egerton, who portrayed John in the 2019 biopic Rocketman.
“This is a very special night for me – a very emotional night for me – and it’s been a long journey,” John told the crowd.
“I first came here to America to the City of Angels in 1970…and I played at a club called the Troubadour…and it helped me accelerate my career in America with a review by Robert Hilburn for the LA Times. So I will never forget that.”
In keeping with his previous Farewell Yellow Brick Road shows, John performed several of his biggest hits – from “Tiny Dancer” and “Bennie and the Jets” to “Saturday Night’s Alright” and “Your Song”. He also showcased his opening acts by recording a few duets: “Cold Heart” with Lipa, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” with Carlile and of course “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Dee.
“In 1975, my next guest was here and sang with me, and we sang this song,” John said before introducing Dee.
“I thought it would be great to recreate this incredible moment. So I asked her to come over and she did. It’s Kiki Dee!”
Hordes of fans from all generations flocked to the stadium early to beat the traffic that was predictably nightmarish ahead of Thursday and Saturday’s shows. Sunday was no exception.
“I’ve been listening to him since my parents… and then as he was going through the AIDS crisis, he performed and took the lead… which really meant a lot to me,” said concert-goer Sean Masse, a 53-year-old South LA nurse who wore his own particularly dazzling version of John’s iconic 1975 Dodgers uniform.
“Elton John is an icon,” echoed concert-goer Thad Epting, a 51-year-old Canyon Lake car salesman who wore a rainbow suit with a feather boa and a flashing hat. “He’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time and as a kid I listened to countless Elton John songs. … When my kids were growing up, we used to sing Elton John songs in the car. So it was part of my childhood, part of my adulthood, part of my kids’ childhoods.”
Before he finally said goodbye, John had a few more tricks up his sleeve. Towards the end of the show, he welcomed his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin onto the stage, who hugged his friend and offered a warm shout-out to John’s band.
“We’ve been writing together since 1967 and we … love each other more than ever,” John said. “He is great.”
Next came John’s husband, David Furnish, and their two sons, Elijah Joseph Daniel and Zachary Jackson Levon, who waved to thunderous applause at the audience. John explained that he decided to quit touring to spend more time with his family, which he brought out “to show you why I’m retiring.”
With his swan song behind him at Dodger Stadium, John is preparing for the epilogue of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour – which will continue abroad next year and conclude in Stockholm in July.
“Thank you all for dressing up. It makes me so happy to see when you guys are in the most amazing costumes,” John said during his final speech of the evening.
“I found success in America first, and you bought the singles and the albums … the tapes, the CDs — and more importantly, you bought tickets to the shows that I love so much … I want to thank you for that, because you did it me. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for America. … I wish you health and love, prosperity. Be nice to each other, okay? And goodbye.”
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