Fans from all over the world watched this Saturday (8), in Sweden, the last official performance of Elton John, who said goodbye on stage after half a century.
“Playing for you was my reason for living and you guys were absolutely amazing,” the 76-year-old said to a packed crowd at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm.
Elton John sat down at the piano just after 8 p.m. local time, to applause from 30,000 people, and opened his show with one of his most iconic themes: Penny and the planesfollowed by Philadelphia Liberty that it I guess that’s why they call it the blues.
“I’ve been a huge fan for 20 years. It all started when I saw… the king lion said Polish student Kate Bogaj, 25, who postponed her master’s exams to say goodbye to her idol.
For more than two hours, Elton John interspersed the songs with moments, during which he rose from the piano, thanked his fans, musicians and his team, some of whose members have been with him for more than 40 years.
Prior to the appearance, the singer shared a message from Coldplay (who were performing the same night in Gothenburg), in which singer Chris Martin thanked him for his career and commitment.
Arena Tele2 hosted the British star for the second time in a row, at the last show of this closing tour that began five years ago and was interrupted by the pandemic and surgery in 2021.
“It was unbelievable. I have no words because I haven’t got it all figured out yet,” commented Finnish banker Anton Vionen, 25.
Elton John played 330 shows on this tour, which covered Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and performed in front of 6.25 million people in total.
Among the fans in Stockholm is Jenny Kinser, 50, from Kentucky, US. “I wanted to be here at the end because I was too young to be here at the beginning,” he explained.
For the occasion, Jenny wore an almost perfect version of the outfit that Elton John chose for his first show in Stockholm in 1971: red shorts with suspenders and a red, yellow and brown T-shirt.
“I’m sad he’s retiring, but it’s good that he’s enjoying his last few years,” said an American cheerleader. “I know he’ll continue to play from time to time, and he’ll make new music, so there’s still a lot to look forward to.”
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