Elton John says “Goodbye” in the most iconic way

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Elton John "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tour photos by Will Loschiavo

Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was at Prudential Center in March

Elton John performed his last concert in the Garden State at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday March 2, 2019. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour is scheduled to consist of more than 300 performances worldwide. It ends on December 16, 2020 in Elton John’s home city, London.

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tour photos by Will Loschiavo
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tour photos by Will Loschiavo

He cites his desire to spend time with his children as the primary reason for his retirement. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. And his tour has been selling out a rapid pace. Within hours of tickets going on sale in February, the first sixty shows were immediately sold out.

Opening his final tour with the chart-topping classic “Bennie and the Jets” to a roaring arena, Sir Elton John kicks off a night of nostalgia with the entire audience singing in unison. As a concertgoer, you find yourself feeling more connected with the audience than usual. An ultimately you feel like one big family as the evening continues during “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” and “Rocket Man.” Elton John’s poetic performance of “Rocket Man,” which Rolling Stone has ranked as one of the greatest songs of all time, is definitely one of the highlights of the farewell show. It stretched an unprecedented nine minutes and features some of Elton’s best piano arrangements to date.

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Elton John "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tour photos by Will Loschiavo
Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tour photos by Will Loschiavo

Because this is the last time Elton will be performing in each of the cities he visits, he makes an effort to tell tales and give details on tracks in between sets, tidbits of information which he has not discussed publicly until now. Elton made sure to discuss how proud he is to have used his legacy to establish the Elton John AIDS Foundation. And he said he is proud to witness the charity raise over $400 Million over the past quarter century.

Sir Elton John saves the best for last. The final third of the show is nothing short of perfection. After introducing his band, he said, “I truly believe the band that I have on stage now is the greatest one I’ve ever had.” Elton John breaks into one stellar showcase after another starting with “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “The Bitch Is Back,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Crocodile Rock.” He closed with “Saturday Night Alright for Fighting.” This anthemic portion of the evening is certainly the climax, peaking with the emotionally-charged “I’m Still Standing.” It is flawless all-around and igniting all attendees off their seats. We all were mimicking the energy Elton displays on stage. From vocals to instrumentals to lighting to background visuals, Elton John’s goodbye tour is unparalleled and executed impeccably. No detail goes unnoticed in this monumental production.

Elton John on stage photo by Will Loschiavo
Elton John on stage photo by Will Loschiavo

Following confetti dispersing throughout the arena coupled with Sir Elton John and his band holding hands in solidarity, everyone exits the stage and the room darkens. As the crowd cheers. Not long thereafter Elton reemerges on the piano for a two-piece encore beginning with “Your Song.” This version exceeds the studio track in all departments. During the final moment, an emotional one at that, Elton aptly closes out the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

As photographs of Elton John at various moments over the course of his career are displayed on the backdrop, Elton gives the grand finale his all. The audience sings along, with many shedding tears. As the encore concludes, Elton says his last words and makes his way onto a platform. It literally brings him up into the sky, as the backdrop mirrors the sky at night lit with tiny stars throughout. As Elton is brought up into space waving goodbye, the backdrop then fades into Elton walking down a yellow brick road, saying salute in the most iconic manner.

The first leg of Farewell Yellow Brick Road ended on March 18, 2019, grossing more than $125 Million. It was just announced that the tour has been nominated for Top Rock Tour by the 2019 Billboard Music Awards set to air May 1, 2019 live on NBC.

Watch Sir Elton John’s final performance in New Jersey as he closes out the Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road:” Link is here.

Watch a full playlist of performances here.