With Sir Elton John’s Stadium of Light concert on Sunday June 19 fast approaching, photos from his opening night gig in Norwich show the superstar looking relaxed and healthy. On the first night of the UK leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, audiences had no doubt he was back to his best, months after postponing the tour after a crash , as it played a selection of hit songs. throughout his brilliant career.
The 75-year-old global megastar took to the stage in Carrow Road in Norwich on Wednesday donning a black tuxedo with pearls, a ruffled white shirt and glittering yellow glasses for the first of her three extravagant outfits of the night. He treated the packed crowd of adoring fans to 23 songs from his collection, including hits Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Your Song and recent number one single Cold Heart, which is in collaboration with pop star Dua Lipa.
After his first acts of Bennie and the Jets and Philadelphia Freedom, he said, “Believe it or not, this tour has been going on for a long time and it’s the first English date we’ve done, thanks to you know what. So it’s nice to be here in Norwich and playing for you guys.
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Before delivering a powerful rendition of his track Border Song, he dedicated it to the late Aretha Franklin, who covered the song in 1972, saying he felt “there’s no one else who can touch “Queen of Soul. Candle in the Wind was also part of the setlist, which he performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
During the interval of the Norwich concert, an eerie stormy scene was created as machinery billowed smoke, lights flashed and thundering sound effects echoed through the arena to mark the opening of his dramatic song Funeral For To Friend. As Sir Elton returned, dressed in his second outfit of the evening of a baby pink blazer with jeweled teal lapels and sky blue rhinestone sunglasses, his piano glided across the stage as he sat behind.
The cheering crowd danced throughout the show, with a number dressed as a tribute to the singer’s memorable looks throughout his career. As he sang his 1983 hit I’m Still Up, a montage of his career highlights was played, including clips from his performance at Live Aid, an appearance on the Simpsons TV show, winning his first Oscar and performing at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert.
Another poignant moment came when the singer perfectly timed his rendition of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me as the sun set behind the Carrow Road football stadium just before 9pm. Her encore greeted her third outfit of a long black jacket with pink patterned lapels complemented by a pair of pink and black heart-shaped glasses.
As he transitioned from his final number one single Cold Heart (2021) to his first hit Your Song (1970), he expressed how good it was to still produce worldwide success at age 75. Before closing the concert with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, he said, “Tonight is the 229th show of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, we have about 103 shows to go.
The ambitious world tour began in September 2018 in the United States, but was cut short due to the pandemic and faced further delays due to Sir Elton’s injury after his crash. The global star resumed his farewell concerts in January 2022 in New Orleans and performed around the United States before beginning the European leg of the tour.
After his show in Norwich, he will play eight shows in the UK. This includes the Stadium of Light show on Sunday June 19.