Elton John, 75, looked in good spirits as he toured the Farewell Yellow Brick Road at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Friday.
The legendary British crooner has turned back the clock and has produced a slew of hits from his 60-year career.
The tour, which began in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA in September 2018, has been postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and sometimes John’s health.
He’s still standing! Elton John, 75, farewelled to Soldier Field in Chicago on Friday night.
John (real name Reginald Kenneth Dwight) and his band kicked into the opening of the set with an evocative rendition of Benny and the Jets, with megawatt smiles from behind the piano.
But the band’s sound was tight and full of energy, so it didn’t take long for him to get up from his seat and interact with the audience.
Dressed in a black tuxedo blazer, mixed embroidery and black trousers, the Pinner from Middlesex, England charmed audiences with both his music and his banter.
His look wouldn’t be complete without his trademark flashy glasses.This evening he wore big frames and a reddish tint.
WOW THE CROWD: The legendary crooner wowed the crowd by performing many of his greatest hits, beginning with set opener Benny and the Jets
Delays: The tour, which began in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA in September 2018, has endured several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and John’s health.
After the high-octane energy of the first set, John and his party kept their momentum going at the Philadelphia Freedom, despite the huge crowd.
As his show progressed, John delivered renditions of his other hits. Among them are I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Sad Songs (Say So Much) and Don’t Let The Sun Go Down. On Me, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing and Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.
After the show in Chicago, John and the band take a short month-long break from touring.
They will return to the stage on September 7 and resume their tour with two shows at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada.
Piano Man: Dressed in a black tuxedo blazer, heavily embroidered down the front, and black trousers, the English singer-songwriter spent most of the show singing heartily behind the piano.
Farewell: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will be his final round-the-world trek.
After kicking off John’s final round-the-world tour, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, in September 2018, the band played consistently for about a year and a half.
But then, when COVID-19 was deemed a pandemic in March 2020, the tour came to a sudden halt shortly after his show in Sydney, Australia, on March 7 of that year.
Between the pandemic and John’s recurring health problems, including hip surgery following a fall on “hard ground”, the tour eventually went on to: He was absent until January 19, 2020, when he hit the stage at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Enthusiasm: John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) seemed full of excitement and enthusiasm during the show, the final show of the tour. We will reopen on September 7th
After resuming at the Big Easy, the tour toured the United States until April 28th in Miami.
From there, John and his band returned to Europe after a three-week hiatus with a show in Fornebu, Norway on May 21st.
The European leg continues in Watford, England until July 4th, with John taking an 11-day break before returning to America for a show in Philadelphia on Friday.
The tour will conclude its US tour on November 20th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The five-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is set to officially end on July 8, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The end in sight: John’s tour will span five years when it all ends with a show in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023.