Singer Elton John says goodbye on stage after ’52 years of pure joy in playing music’

British singer Elton John bid farewell to the stage and his millions of followers and fans last night with a concert in Stockholm, in which he thanked all his fans for “52 years of pure joy in playing music.”

For goodbye, he used one of his historic songs, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” At the age of 76, Elton John, winner of five Grammy Awards, a career spanning more than 50 years and 4,600 shows around the world, is wrapping up his tours, he said, to give more time to his personal life.

“I will always carry you on my mind, in my heart and in my soul,” Elton John told his millions of fans, thousands of whom packed the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, where he performed two nights.

According to the Swedish press, the artist, who wore a coat encrusted with jewels and very large glasses, opened his latest show with the “Bennie and the Jets” band, in a ceremony that lasted more than two hours.

Elton John also paid tribute to his band, some members of whom he has been with for a long time and who he says are “the best, the best ever”.

Another surprise that night was that Coldplay, who are also touring in Sweden, invited Elton John from the Ullevi Theater in Gothenburg.

“They will be sorely missed,” said singer Chris Martin to applause from the audience.

Elton John, who smiled as he looked at the stadium’s giant screens, thanked him for the words and replied that he was “an amazing person”.

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Elton John’s farewell tour began in 2018 and is estimated to have been attended by over six million people.

At each of the concerts on this tour, in the presence of a multigenerational audience, Elton demonstrated the large number of good songs he had composed throughout his life and the talent with which he translates them.

From “Bennie and the Jets” to the finale with “Candle in the Wind”, going through “Rocket Man”, “The Bitch is Back”, “I’m Still Standing”, “Crocodile Rock” and “Saturday Night’s Good for Fight”” , are some of the songs used in the tour that passed through Barcelona, ​​Spain in May.

Another highlight of the tour was his time at the Glastonbury Festival with an “emotional” and soulful show which was also his last UK concert.

Visibly moved, John turned to the audience to thank them for making him “feel so happy” and “52 years of love and loyalty”..

With information from Efe

Terry Alexander

"Award-winning music trailblazer. Gamer. Lifelong alcohol enthusiast. Thinker. Passionate analyst."

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