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09th Jul 2023

Elton John brings curtain down on 52 years of ‘pure joy’ as farewell tour ends

Charlie Herbert

Elton John brings curtain down on farewell tour

The tour had started way back in 2018

Elton John has brought his farewell tour to a close with his final show.

The legendary singer concluded the marathon tour in Stockholm on Saturday night, thanking fans for being his “lifeblood” and telling them they would remain in his “head, heart and soul.”

The 76-year-old started his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in North America in 2018, and has played to more than six million fans throughout its run, which included the Sunday headliner slot at Glastonbury.

The tour has gone on to become one of the highest-grossing concert tours ever, with Billboard reporting it is the first tour to reach ticket sales of $900m (£701m).

“It’s been my lifeblood to play for you guys, and you’ve been absolutely magnificent,” he told the audience at Sweden’s Tele2 Arena on Saturday.

The five-time Grammy award winning singer also paid tribute to his band and crew, some of whom have toured with him throughout the years.

“They’re really incredible,” he said, “and they are the best, I tell you, the best.”

Elton dedicated Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to them, his crew and his family.

Starting of the show with Bennie and the Jets, Elton performed all his hits, including Philadelphia Freedom, Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man and Candle in the Wind.

During the concert, he received a video message from Coldplay, with Chris Martin saying: “From all the bands and artists you’ve helped and inspired, we love you so much.

“We are so grateful for everything you’ve done for the Aids Foundation, anytime you’ve been kind to anybody,” he said.

Reflecting on his life and career, he told the audience he had experienced “52 years of pure joy playing music.”

Whilst he confirmed that this was the end of his touring career and that he would “never be touring again,” he didn’t rule out the possibility of a “one off thing” in the future.

“I want to appreciate my family, my sons, my husband, everything. I’ve earned it,” he said.

And he brought the curtain down with his timeless classic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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