Elton John has played his final US concert and delivered a rousing farewell set at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Over the course of more than two and a half hours, the music legend performed many of his most beloved numbers. The night opened with the chart-topping classic 1974 single “Bennie and the Jets” before rolling into an emphatic rendition of “Philadelphia Freedom.” “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” were among the additional highlights of a set filled with them (complete set list can be found below).
Throughout the concert, Elton referred to the historical significance of the night and his long relationship with Los Angeles. The singer mentioned that his first performance on American shores took place at Troubadour in West Hollywood. Five years later, he played a pair of sell-outs performances at Dodger Stadiumthe legendary concerts that rank among the most famous of his career.
Several celebrity friends joined Elton for his final American performance. Singer Brandi Carlile came out to duet on “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” while Kiki Dee later joined John in the duo’s classic duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
After a short break, Elton returned for an encore, donning an outfit reminiscent of his famous sequined Dodgers ensemble from 1975. He welcomed pop star Dua Lipa to perform with him on “Cold Heart,” the chart-topper from last year . Long-standing business partner Bernie Taupin was later brought on stage, much to the delight of the audience.
As the show drew to a close, Elton spoke eloquently about his decision to retire from the road.
“I’m going to stop touring and this will be my last concert in America and Canada,” the singer admitted. “And the reason I am [done] touring, I think you know, is because I want to spend time with my family. So I want to bring them out and show you why I’m retiring: David, Zachary and Elijah.” At this point, John’s husband, David Furnish, and the couple’s two sons came on stage, again eliciting a roar from the crowd.
Elton then gave a heartfelt thank you to his American fans.
“I first became successful in America,” noted the rocker as he expressed his gratitude to everyone who bought his music and attended his concerts. “So I want to thank you for that. You made me. Without America, I wouldn’t be here.”
Before playing his last song of the night, the rock icon delivered a farewell message: “I wish you health and love, prosperity. Be nice to each other. And goodbye.”
Elton John, Dodger Stadium, Nov. 20, 2022
Elton John, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Los Angeles, Nov. 20, 2022
1. “Bennie and the Jets”
2. “Philadelphia Freedom”
3. “I guess that’s why they call it the Blues”
4. “Border Song”
5. “Tiny Dancer”
6. “Have mercy on the criminal”
7. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Gonna Be A Long, Long Time)”
8. “Take Me to the Pilot”
9. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”
11. “Starinlys in the Wind”
12. “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleed”
13. “Burn down the mission”
14. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”
15. “Sorry seems to be the hardest word”
16. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
17. “The Bitch Is Back”
18. “I’m Still Standing”
19. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
20. “Crocodile Rock”
21. “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”
22. “Cold Heart”
23. “Your Song”
24. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”