A gig for the history books!
After an incredible week of musical performances, Elton John closed out the iconic Glastonbury Festivals to one of the largest crowd we've ever seen.
According to the singer this performance is his last ever show in the UK, and boy did he go out with a bang! He kicked off the show on the Pyramid Stage with Pinball Wizard and closed it out with a extended and electric rendition of Rocketman.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) June 25, 2023
“It’s a very special and emotional night for me because it might be my last show ever in England, so I had better play well and I had better entertain you, you’ve been standing there so long and I really appreciate all the outfits and everything.”
Hearing tune after tune last night, you'd forget how many bangers the man has! Some of the songs in the set list were 'Benny And The Jets', 'Your Song', 'Candle In The Wind' 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' and 'Crocodile Rock'.
— Far Out #Glastonbury23 updates (@FarOutMag) June 25, 2023
During his set Elton thanked fans around the world for their love and support throughout his 52-year career, saying: “It makes me feel loved. And I want to thank you also for 52 years of amazing love and loyalty you’ve shown me, it’s been an incredible journey and I’ve had the best, best time.”
Elton also used his time on the legendary pyramid stage at Glastonbury to champion young musical talent and had a few guests join in for some performances.
He was joined on stage by Jacob Lusk of Gabriels and The London Community Gospel Choir for 'Are You Ready For Love?'
He brought Brandon Flowers from the The Killers to sing 'Tiny Dancer' with him.
He later welcomed Rina Sawayama to the stage as “an extraordinary talent and amazing recording artist” before performing 'Don’t Go Breaking My Heart'.
Another memorable moment was his performance of 'Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me', where Elton paid tribute to George Michael who famously covered the song.
“He was my friend, he was an inspiration, and today would have been his 60th birthday, so I want to dedicate this song to his memory.”
So iconic that even Sir Paul McCartney had to get a backstage video for himself!
Paul McCartney taking a video of Elton John performing Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me 🥲
This is PRICELESS pic.twitter.com/Am6OpjucSN
— J. ⚡️ (@TheGNRGiirl) June 25, 2023
As he closed off the show with an explosive performance of Rocketman, the 76-year-old singer thanked the crowd for a memorable night.
“I’ve had the best time, I will never forget you, you’re in my head and my heart and my soul, you’ve been amazing.
“You’ve been an incredible crowd tonight. I wish you love and health and happiness.”
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