Surrounded by emotional fans from around the world, Elton John praised them as the “source of life” during his final farewell concert in Stockholm. The iconic British pop superstar, aged 76, donned his signature sequined tuxedo with oversized glasses as he sat down at the piano shortly after 8 p.m. to kick off the momentous event. He opened with one of his most beloved songs, “Bennie and the Jets,” followed by “Philadelphia Freedom” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.”
Performing for over two hours, John interspersed the songs with moments of leaving the piano to express gratitude not only to his fans but also to his band and crew, some of whom have been with him for over 40 years. “I want to pay tribute to these musicians… They are truly extraordinary, they have been with me for a long time, some of them. And they are the best,” he declared.
Shortly after performing “Border Song,” which he dedicated to Aretha Franklin, the arena erupted in applause as he launched into “I’m Still Standing,” prompting the 30,000 fans at Tele2 Arena to rise to their feet in unison.
Before the encore, John shared a message from Coldplay, who were performing in Gothenburg on the same night, with Chris Martin expressing gratitude for Elton John’s career and dedication. The enthusiastic fans eagerly anticipated the emotional conclusion to the illustrious career of a superstar, even before the curtains opened.
“This evening will be very emotional,” said Kate Bugaj, a 25-year-old Polish student who admitted to postponing her master’s exam to attend her idol’s musical tour. As a “die-hard fan,” she recalled that the first time she watched “The Lion King,” the Walt Disney film that earned John two Oscars in 1994, was a defining moment.
Fifty-year-old Jeanie Kincer traveled all the way from Kentucky, USA, to attend the show. “I want to be here until the end,” she said. To mark the occasion, she wore red shorts with braces and a red, yellow, and brown T-shirt, an outfit nearly identical to the one John wore for his first concert in Stockholm in 1971.
Swedish daily Expressen referred to the final performance as a “significant chapter in rock ‘n’ roll history that will soon come to an end.” The global farewell tour marks the culmination of a live career spanning decades for the music legend. John concluded his final concert in the United States in May and headlined the renowned Glastonbury Festival in England last month.
Saturday’s farewell concert was the second night at Stockholm Stadium, and throughout the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour, John will have performed a total of 330 concerts across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, culminating in Stockholm.
Overall, John has performed in front of 6.25 million fans throughout this epic tour. As the final notes of his farewell tour fade away, the legacy of Elton John’s remarkable career and his unparalleled contributions to the music industry will undoubtedly endure, forever cherished by his devoted fans worldwide.
Elton John Songs
|4.||Goodbye Yellow Brick Road|
|5.||Candle in the Wind|
|6.||Bennie and the Jets|
|7.||Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me|
|8.||I’m Still Standing|
|9.||Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting|
|14.||The Bitch is Back|
|15.||Someone Saved My Life Tonight|
|16.||Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word|
|17.||I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues|
|19.||Can You Feel the Love Tonight|
|20.||Circle of Life|
Elton John’s illustrious career is adorned with numerous unforgettable songs that have left an indelible mark on the music industry. These 20 songs represent a glimpse into the incredible catalog of his greatest hits. From timeless ballads like “Your Song” and “Candle in the Wind” to energetic anthems such as “Crocodile Rock” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Elton John’s versatility as an artist shines through. Each song showcases his exceptional songwriting skills and his ability to captivate audiences with his soulful voice and remarkable piano playing. Whether it’s the iconic melodies of “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” or the heartfelt emotions of “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” and “Circle of Life,” Elton John’s music continues to resonate with fans across generations. These 20 songs stand as a testament to his enduring legacy and the enduring power of his music.