47 years ago, Elton John delivered one of his most memorable concerts onstage at Dodger Stadium. On November 20th, he took his final bow, concluding the North American portion of his tour on the same stage to a plethora of fans of all ages, young and old, wishing him farewell from an astounding career.
Elton John has been performing shows in the United States since 1970. His first show was held at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. At 75 years old, he’s ready to retire from a life on the road to focus on making music and spending time with his family. It may have been his last show in the United States, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t end it on a high note. John played many hits from his huge catalog of songs, from upbeat songs like “Crocodile Rock”, to emotional ballads like “Tiny Dancer” and “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.”
Along with singing his greatest hits, 3 special guests joined him onstage to perform with him. Brandi Carlile joined Elton to perform “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” as a tribute to George Michael, who performed the same song with him during the 1985 Live Aid benefit concert. Kiki Dee reunited with him to sing “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”; the duo had performed the song at Elton’s 1975 Dodger Stadium concert. The final guest of the night was Dua Lipa, who performed their newest hit single, “Cold Heart”.
The night ended with Elton performing two encore numbers, “Your Song” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” decked out in a sparkly bathrobe reminiscent of the outfit he wore to his 1975 Dodgers Stadium concert. At the end of the show, he ascended up a glass elevator waving a farewell to all his loyal fans, a bittersweet ending to the night.
While Elton John is retiring from touring, he isn’t retiring from making music. There’s more that lies beyond the yellow brick road for this rock legend, and everyone can’t wait to see what he does.