Elton John Performs Final North American Show at Dodger Stadium
Photo by Ben Gibson
Last night, world icon Sir Elton John performed at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in what was billed as Elton John’s final North American concert and was livestreamed on Disney+. The performance was part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour, which had three evenings at Dodger Stadium in total; the final show featured special guests Brandi Carlile, Kiki Dee and Dua Lipa.
Elton John opened up his final show–which marked his 204th show in North America–with “Bennie and the Jets,” resulting in an eruption of harmonious singing from the crowd. The Rocket Man continued with hits from his gilded and historic discography playing “Tiny Dancer,” “Have Mercy on the Criminal, “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” “Rocket Man,” “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and more.
The evening also contained a few heartfelt tributes: “Border Song” was dedicated to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” was performed with special guest Carlile and was dedicated to the former band members of John’s who have passed over the years.
Other highlights included “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” a song he penned with the first female singer from the UK to sign with Motown’s Tamla Records, Kiki Dee. The track was performed with the soul singer and marked the first time he had performed the song since 2016 and the first time live with Dee since 2006. He closed the main frame with “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”
For the encore, Elton John tapped chart-topping English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa for the PNAU remix of “Cold Heart.” He closed with a paring of two of his favorite songs, “Tour Song” and the tour’s namesake, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” after which Elton John introduced his family and Bernie Taupin.
Following the performance, Elton John made a short post on Instagram in thanks of the incredible times he’s shared. He wrote, “I can’t thank each and every person who was a part of it, at Dodger Stadium and watching at home, enough for the most incredible night. I love you all and you will forever be in my heart.”
Elton John will continue to tour until Saturday, July 8, 2023, with stops in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Find tickets and learn more about the rest of the dates here.
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles
Nov. 20, 2022
Set: Bennie and the Jets, Philadelphia Freedom, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Border Song (Dedicated to Aretha Franklin), Tiny Dancer, Have Mercy on the Criminal, Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time), Take Me to the Pilot, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Levon, Candle in the Wind, Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Burn Down the Mission, Sad Songs (Say So Much), Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (with Brandi Carlile) (Dedicated to the Band Members he has lost), The Bitch Is Back, I’m Still Standing, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee cover) (with Kiki Dee)(Tour debut, first performance since 2016 and first live performance with Kiki Dee since 2006), Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
Enc.: Cold Heart (with Dua Lipa) (PNAU remix), Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Introduced his family and Bernie Taupin)