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Elton John wraps up in the U.S.

Elton John's ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour  the final and 186th show Sunday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It was epic with iHeartRadio’s ‘Elton John Thank You To America: The Final Song” special. 

Elton John talked about why he ended the final American leg of the tour at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles:

"That was a seminal point in my career and it was the kind of peak of my career and it was just so enjoyable. And I came to America first in 1970 in August and I played the Troubadour club and that kind of launched me with Robert Hilburn's review in the Los Angeles Times. It prodded me forward much quicker than it would normally would have done. And so I started in Los Angeles and I want to finish here. And Dodger Stadium is by far the only venue to play outside in this city that's worth it's salt because it has so much history, I love baseball, it's a beautiful stadium, there's palm trees and I didn't want to play anywhere else."

The show was almost 3 hours long and it was streamed live on Disney +. Elton performed 24 songs, including songs with special guests Brandi Carlile on "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," Kiki Dee for their 1976 smash "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." and Dua Lipa during the encores for their 2021 hit, "Cold Heart." He also brought out his lyricist for the past 55 years, Bernie Taupin, for a much deserved standing ovation.

Elton got emotional at the end of the night. He came out wearing a sequined robe in the colors of the Los Angeles Dodgers with their logo on the back (as a nod back to the sequined Dodgers uniform he wore when he performed there in 1975) Elton said, “I’m stopping touring, and this will be my last concert in America and Canada. And the reason why I’m [done] touring, I think you know, is because I want to spend time with my family. So, I want to bring them out and show you why I’m retiring: DavidZachary and Elijah.”

Elton aslo thanked his fans in the stadium and those watching the stream, saying, "I became successful first in America, so I want to thank you for that. You made me. Without America, I wouldn’t be here. I wish you health, and love, prosperity. Be kind to each other. And farewell.”

Earlier this month, talking about the tour, "I'm going out on a high. I'm going out with so much love and enjoyment. I can't tour this tour and I won't have to because I'm not doing it again. I won't miss anything. [Laughs] Honestly. I won't miss anything."

Elton insisted he would not be like other artists-- KISSCher and The Who -- who have announced farewell tours only to continue touring later. He said,

"I don't want to be one of those people. If I do, shoot me." 

[Source: Classic Hits Today]

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