Elton John, one of the greatest ever pop and rock songwriters ever is standing down and bidding a fond goodbye to all his many fans with his final Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. A true icon who has forever shaped the sound of popular music with such stellar hit singles as ”Rocket Man”, “Tiny Dancer”, “I’m Still Standing”, “Candle In The Wind”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” plus many more which have seen him induced into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, receive five Grammy Awards and a further five BRIT Awards.
Today, we join living legend in celebration of his 75th birthday and look back across his monumental career to select three of Elton John’s greatest performances chosen from his many shows of a glittering career which has lasted nearly 60 years and shot the superstar to international fame.
Arguably the peak of his career, in 1975 Elton announced not one but two sell out shows at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium on October 25th and 26th. Having recently released his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road record the year before, now inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and widely recognised as one of the greatest albums of all time, his suitably athletic appearance shows the songwriter in his prime.
Awash with sorrow, the tragic death of Princess Diana caused the entire world to stop and reflect upon a life cut so sadly short. Close friend Elton re-worked his classic single “Candle In The Wind”, previously written to honour the life of actress Marilyn Monroe, as a tribute to his lost friend. Emotive and effecting, this funeral performance will be forever remembered by a grieving generation shocked by such a terrible accident.
Just five years ago, Elton was invited by the BBC to play a stunning outdoor show which encompassed songs from right across his career to adoring fans. Although he was pushing 70, Elton had the entire audience electrified and it is just a glimpse of what you can expect on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.
15/06 Elton John – Carrow Road , Norwich
17/06 Elton John – Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
19/06 Elton John – Stadium Of Light, Sunderland
22/06 Elton John – Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
29/06 Elton John – Swansea.com Stadium , Swansea
02/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
04/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
05/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
08/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
09/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
12/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
13/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
16/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
17/04 Elton John – The O2 Arena, London
22/04 Elton John – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
23/04 Elton John – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
31/05 Elton John – AO Arena, Manchester
02/06 Elton John – AO Arena, Manchester
03/06 Elton John – AO Arena, Manchester
11/06 Elton John – Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
13/06 Elton John – P & J Live, Aberdeen
15/06 Elton John – P & J Live, Aberdeen
17/06 Elton John – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
18/06 Elton John – OVO Hydro, Glasgow