Sir Elton John | Sir Elton John brings the Farewell Young Brick Road tour to London

Sir Elton John performed his 130th London concert in the city’s Hyde Park on Friday evening (24.06.22).

The 75-year-old singer sold out the first night of American Express Presents BST Hyde Park singing and dancing for almost two and a half hours as he brought what he himself noted to be the 233rd show of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour in the capital and admitted he would treasure the evening forever.

He said: “Thank you for your kindness and loyalty over the past 50 years. When I stop next year, you will be part of my memories.

Elton – who was backed by a six-piece band that included his longtime collaborators drummer Nigel Olsson, guitarist Davey Johnstone and percussionist Ray Cooper – kicked off his set with “Bennie and the Jets”, quickly followed by “Philadelphia Freedom” and “I guess that’s why they call it the Blues”.

While high-energy songs such as “Crocodile Rock”, “The B**** Is Back” and “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting” had the crowd dancing and singing, slower paced numbers such as ” Tiny Dancer” and “’Sorry seems like the hardest word’ didn’t wow the audience, with most continuing to sing along or just admiringly watching Elton in action.

The veteran performer took time before “Border Song” to remember “magical and eternal” Aretha Franklin, while later in the set he paid a moving tribute to the late George Michael, whom he described as “one of the greatest artists we’ve ever produced” before performing “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, a track they dubbed on in 1991.

Not only were the crowd treated to a powerful vocal performance from Elton and his usual piano magic, but he also enjoyed several costume changes – complete with new sparkly glasses each time – and stunning video backgrounds, including the set appearing in flames during ‘Burn Down the Mission’, various clips from his biopic ‘Rocketman’ and a career retrospective throughout ‘I’m Still Standing’.

Kicking off her encore with “Cold Heart,” a giant digital Dua Lipa appeared on a video screen behind Elton, though the singer encouraged the audience to sing her parts.

After closing this song, Elton noted, “”At 75, it’s nice to have a number one record in the world.”

He then presented his very first hit, nothing from 52 years ago, and performed an emotional version of “Your Song”, before concluding with the only possible choice – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.

Herman C. Harkins