Elton John has closed Glastonbury Festival with an “emotional” and packed concert

London, June 25 (EFE). British musician Elton John wrapped up the Glastonbury Festival in style on Sunday with an “emotional” and soulful show that was also his last UK concert of his farewell tour.

The 76-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist opened his piano show with the theme ‘Pinball Wizard’ on the majestic Pyramid Stage at the mega Somerset Festival, dressed in a dazzling gold suit and signature glasses.

After playing “The Bitch is Back” and before continuing with one of the crowd’s favorites, “Bennie and the Jets,” the singer admitted to the assembled that he “never imagined” himself on stage.

It “could” be his last party, said John, who admitted that for him it was “a very special and emotional night,” hinting that this may not be the case. Be, though it was announced, his final farewell to touring.

In front of a dedicated audience where several generations and many famous faces gathered together, the artist gave a comprehensive review of his famous songs through the decades, such as “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “I Guess That’s Why They Called It The Blues”, “Sad Songs (Say a lot)” or “Someone Save My Life Tonight”, one of his “favorite songs”.

During the two hours of the ceremony, he performed classics like “I’m Still Standing,” “Your Song,” or “Candle in the Wind,” a song originally written for actress Marilyn Monroe and later rewritten for the 1997 funeral of Princess Diana.

Although it was speculated that the musician would bring artists such as Britney Spears, Dua Lipa, Eminem or Harry Styles as surprise guests, none of them appeared on this stage.

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He was accompanied by other, less well-known folks such as Jacob Lusk of North American R&B and soul group Gabriels to play a version of “Are You Ready for Love?” which was first published in the UK in 1979 and “reborn” in 2003 thanks to a remix.

John also introduced Nashville singer-songwriter Stephen Sanchez, who introduced him as an “amazing young talent” who impressed him when he first heard him last year on the radio and performed “Until I Found You” (Sanchez’s song).

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, whom the musician described as his “dear friend and great artist”, accompanied him on “Tiny Dancer”, and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was performed by British-Japanese artist Rina Sawayama.

For the final segment of the show, the singer-songwriter dedicated “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” to the memory of his “friend” and “inspiration” George Michael, who passed away in 2016 and who would have turned 60 today. Farewell

Before ending the show with “Rocket Man,” which was followed by a standing ovation, John addressed the audience, visibly moved, to thank them for making him “feel so happy” and “52 years of amazing love and loyalty.”

Terry Alexander

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