LOS ANGELES – Sunset at Elton John’s last North American show at the place where it all began – Dodger Stadium.
“Tonight is a very special night, a very emotional night for me,” John said after playing “Philadelphia Freedom” on a grand piano and wearing a bedazzled tailored jacket and sunglasses. “It was a long trip.”
John, 75, wrapped up his Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert tour in North America on Sunday, marking his last concert in America. The “Rocket Man” singer’s third night at Dodger Stadium was the most poignant since the venue served as the famous venue for John’s Breakout Stadium concerts in 1975.
More than 47 years ago, John’s two sequin-filled concerts at the historic baseball stadium confirmed his rising star status (as seen in his 2019 biopic “Rocketman”).
“Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium” is streaming live on Disney+.
“We’re making history tonight,” said John.
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Sunday’s Disney+ livestream will feature guest performances from Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlisle, and Kiki D, John’s duo partner on one of his biggest hits, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
A cadre of stars walked the red carpet for John’s farewell party, including Lizzo, Heidi Klum, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Idina Menzel, John Stamos, Connie Britton and “Top Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller.
Britney Spears, who recently collaborated with John on the single “Hold Me Closer,” isn’t slated to attend — let alone perform.
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“If there are any surprise guests, we’ll be surprised too,” says Gabe Turner, one of the party’s executive producers. “We are happy with the guests we have. They will demolish the house.”
“This is a huge project,” says executive producer Ben Winston. After such an incredible career, this is Elton saying goodbye to America. This is the last show on the last tour. There’s an important historical and emotional moment to it. And those 1975 gigs just add to that. When you think of Elton John on tour, you think of that. the offer “.
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The Disney+ party kicked off with a pre-recorded 20-minute interview with John and partner David Furnish discussing why he “hangs up his shoes while touring,” says Winston.
The video featured contributions from longtime fan chief Joe Biden and celebrities including David Beckham and Billie Eilish.
As for the million dollar question about whether John will continue to perform, Furnish spoke to Billboard ahead of Sunday’s show and said, “I know for a fact that he’s not going to tour in any capacity. What you’ll see is the possibility of a one-time private residency or a small residency in one place for a while.” limited time.”
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