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Elton John’s Hard Rock concert perfect for a farewell tour

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Wearing rose-colored glasses and a rhinestone-embellished blazer with a sparkly cat on the back, Elton John took the stage Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, for what may be his last local show.

The Yellow Brick Road Farewell Tour will be his last, Elton said, giving the 74-year-old more time to focus on his family. The 300-show international tour, which kicked off in 2018 and ends in 2023, includes four more stops in Florida.

Elton started the evening in the intimate 7,000-seat venue perched on his gleaming red piano for a lengthy instrumental introduction to a 15-minute version of “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding.”

Speaking while singing some of the lyrics and playing in rapid staccato, he followed in a similar style with “Bennie and the Jets” as the crowd, some donning sequined jumpsuits and lighted and flashing goggles, whipped out their feather boas .

Elton John Farewell Tour Setlist

Elton’s warm, honeyed vocals dazzled on “Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues,” but he returned to staccato for “Philadelphia Freedom” during which a large overhead screen featured pre-recorded videos. and rather distracting brightly colored clothes, contorting dancers.

A single spotlight found Elton for the crowd favorite “Tiny Dancer,” as aerial video zoomed in on his fingers dancing effortlessly across black and white keys.

It was during those simple moments – just a man and his piano – that Elton’s light shone brightest. Longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone strapped on a double-necked guitar, the smooth licks blending into the piano chords as if it were a single instrument.

A pulsating siege countdown kicked off in “Rocket Man” during which Elton seemed to settle in, engage with the audience, and sing more fluidly. But a short walk on stage at the end of the song revealed that Elton still appears to be suffering from the aftereffects of a life-threatening infection in 2019 which left him temporarily unable to walk.

Even so, fans went wild as he walked around, and Elton seemed to be loving every moment of it. He returned to the piano to beat a hard rock version of “Take Me to the Pilot” with a line-up he called one of the finest bands of musicians he had ever played with.

Elton took a moment to explain that the next hit, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” was one of his favorites because it reminded him of how far he and his partner Bernie Taupin had come from the early days when the pundits industry “closed the doors”. on their faces.

The passion with which Elton performed the song testifies to this truth. Instead of performing with his eyes closed, as he often did, he looked directly at the audience, pointed at them and sang lyrics like “Thank God my music is still alive” while raising his arms to the sky. for more emphasis.

The crowd dominated the chant to the chorus of “Levon” as plumes of smoke rose through the stage lights. Elton cheered them on, laughing and throwing his head back in glee before slipping into a quick, funky interlude, after which he stood up and gasped jokingly in mock exhaustion.

The band took a short break, leaving Elton alone on stage to take him down a few notches for “Candle in the Wind.” They returned for an impassioned version of “Burn Down the Mission”, which musically proved to be one of the most spectacular tracks of the night.

“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” was anything but sad, with an upbeat Elton performing with his 50-year-old friend and drummer, Nigel Olsson, and singing straight into the camera during the live video stream.

He explained how frustrating it has been to tour in what he called a “COVID bubble” where band members only see each other on stage. But this separation is necessary, he added, to ensure everyone stays healthy and the tour can continue.

On that note, the band released “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” during which lovers grew closer and cellphones lit up the darkness. Fans swayed right and left with their arms raised, giving a heartfelt standing ovation.

“The Bitch is Back” brought the energy back to 10, with the audience on their collective feet as a video of drag queens sparring, pulling hair and tossing into a pool.

At the Hard Rock show, Elton John included concert footage and photos of Elton over the years

Campy videos aside, the edit of “I’m Still Standing” stood out, featuring clips from Elton’s unforgettable appearances on shows such as “Will & Grace” and “South Park.” It also included concert footage and photos of Elton over the years in some of his most flamboyant and memorable costumes.

The audience weaved their way through “Crocodile Rock”, singing – with Elton’s encouragement – the “laaaaa-la-la-la-laa’s” in the right places.

Fans continued to shimmy through “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and were prepared for more when Elton left and the spotlight on his red piano went black.

He returned minutes later wearing a blue tracksuit, dedicating what would be his only encore to the public.

“Your Song” was sweet and satiating; but when Elton, who appeared to be physically uncomfortable, waved a final goodbye and left the stage, fans expecting more turned to each other to confirm the show was truly over. It was.

And while the crowd didn’t get the much-anticipated “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to close the show, for those who chose to see what they saw through rose-colored glasses, like Elton’s, it was a perfect evening.