Elton John performs his final farewell show: ‘I will never forget you guys’

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9 Jul 2023, 11:27

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The 76-year-old began his final world tour in September 2018.

Sir Elton John has completed all 330 dates of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour after being on the road for five years.

Last night (8th July 2023), the megastar performed for over two hours at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena and told his fans “You have no idea how much time means to me”.

As he introduced his final song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, John stated: “The last one and we’re ending it in the beautiful city of Stockholm in Sweden.

“My very first [show] Sweden was July 7th, 1971, so more or less 52 years ago to the day.

“I’ve had the most wonderful career, beyond belief,” he continued. “52 years of pure joy playing music, how lucky am I to play music?

“But I wouldn't be sitting here if it wasn't for you. You bought the singles, albums, and CDs and more importantly, you bought the tickets to the shows and you know how I love to play live.”

The Rocket Man singer then explained: “It’s been my lifeblood to play for you guys and you’ve been absolutely magnificent.

“I will never forget you guys. I’ve played so many concerts, how could I forget?

“You’re in my head, and my heart, and my soul and I thank you so much,” he added, before finishing his final performance.

During the concert, John played a video message that he had received from Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin, who was also playing a gig in Sweden that night, thanking him for his generosity towards other musicians over the years.

Martin said: "We want to say from all of us here, all the artists you’ve inspired and help - thank you so much.”

The Yellow singer also praised the London-born performer for his AIDS foundation and contribution to the world of fashion with his glasses, glitz, and glamour.

The award-winning singer began his farewell tour in Pennsylvania in 2018, but it had to be paused at different times due to the pandemic and John testing positive for Covid-19 in January 2022.

Since then, the 76-year-old has headlined Glastonbury, visited cities all over the world, and performed for US President Joe Biden on the White House lawn last September.

If you missed out on tickets for the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, don’t panic because Sir Elton John has said he may still play “the odd show” in the future.

Although he confirmed to the Stockholm crowd that this would be “miles away” and he would “never be touring again”.

Watch Elton John’s headline set at Glastonbury 2023 on BBC iPlayer now.