Sir Elton John rolled back the years as he played several of his hits to one of the biggest crowds in Glastonbury history over the weekend and wrapped-up a stunning edition of the famous festival.
Classics like I’m Still Standing and Rocket Man were notable highlights, as the music legend continued his extensive Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour - the last one of his 60-year career in the industry.
How It All Began
Sir Elton John’s career began in the early 1960s as a pub pianist in his native Middlesex. Borrowing his stage name from saxophonist Elton Dean and singer Long John Baldry, the former Reginald Dwight legally changed his name to Elton John in 1972, the decade where several of his best-known songs would be penned.
It seems sad to say goodbye to such an enduring icon, but it goes without saying that Elton John has nothing left to prove in the music business. He’s been an integral part of the entertainment industry since the 1970s, written some of the most famous songs of all time, and has managed to ebb and flow with a constantly changing business. His farewell tour has been running since September 2018 in such cities as Toronto, Washington DC, Vienna, and Los Angeles, and London.
So loyal were Elton John’s fans that they arrived at Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage a full 12 hours before his set started, despite the uncomfortably hot temperatures on Saturday night. The legend opened with the Who’s Pinball Wizard, a song covered by John in the 1975 movie Tommy. Perhaps the most emotional song of his set, though, was a rendition of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me dedicated to the late George Michael, who died in 2016 and who was a close friend of the real-life John.
Several audience members became emotional remembering not only Michael, but also the fact that Elton John will most likely never play a live gig again. Given how much of a mainstay he’s been in music, the realisation still may not have sunk in for dedicated fans.
Sir Elton John may be retiring, but his Glastonbury set served as proof of his music’s ever-lasting appeal and popularity among different generations. The sun may have set on his on-stage career, but the wonderful music he has given us will never go out of date.
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