Elton John ends his farewell tour at Dodger Stadium
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Elton John held a spectacular concert in Los Angeles, concluding his American farewell tour in the city where he began a career that lasted half a century back in 1970 at the Troubadour nightclub. In the huge baseball stadium of the Dodgers, where he held two memorable concerts in 1975, Elton John prepared a special and moving evening.
"That was a seminal point in my career and it was the kind of peak of my career and it was just so enjoyable. And I came to America first in 1970 in August and I played the Troubadour club and that kind of launched me with Robert Hilburn's review in the Los Angeles Times.
It prodded me forward much quicker than it would normally would have done. And so I started in Los Angeles and I want to finish here. And Dodger Stadium is by far the only venue to play outside in this city that's worth it's salt because it has so much history, I love baseball, it's a beautiful stadium, there's palm trees and I didn't want to play anywhere else." He was joined on stage by singers Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee, and Brandi Carlile for duets “Cold Heart”, “Don't Go Breaking My Heart” and “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me”.
Other guests included singers Paul Mccartney, Mick Jagger, and Joni Mitchell, John's longtime collaborator and songwriter Bernie Taupin, and actor Taron Egerton, who played the singer in the 2019 film “Rocketman”.
He started his farewell tour in 2018.
Elton John started the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" farewell tour in 2018, predicting more than 300 concerts around the world in three years, but it was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, so he continued it in 2022.
The singer, perhaps best known to the general public for the song "Candle in the Wind", has had many hits, including "Tiny Dancer", "Your Song", "Crocodile Rock" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". He won as many as six Grammy Awards and a Legend Award and was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Composers Hall of Fame.
He arrived at Dodgers Stadium in a sequined robe and baseball cap and told the crowd: “Be gentle and kind to one another. Goodbye!” He then sang Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Elton John is traveling to Australia in January for the second leg of his tour.