Sir Elton John praises ‘home crowd’ fans as he kicks off final London shows on farewell tour

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  • April 2, 2023
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Sir Elton John had a lot of love for his ‘home crowd’ as he kicked off a series of shows in London.

The singer-songwriter – who recently turned 76 – is performing 10 shows at London’s O2 arena as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

A few hours before the show, Sir Elton took to Instagram to praise his fans.

‘Liverpool, Birmingham, Dublin, Belfast… you were spectacular!’, he wrote.

‘Can not wait to kick the London shows off tonight, nothing beats a home crowd!!’

Taking to the stage in front of a 20,000-strong crowd, Sir Elton was wearing a glittery black tailcoat jacket and signature bejewelled glasses – and opened the show with Bennie And The Jets.

He is set to play eight more shows at the O2 in April and a further one in May before taking the tour to Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Aberdeen, and Glasgow.

His North American leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was filled with pyrotechnics, spectacular visuals, and several guest appearances, including Dua Lipa.

The veteran pop star’s final ever gig in the UK will take place on June 25, when he will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in Somerset.

Sir Elton said in December ‘there is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans’ than playing his final UK show at the Worthy Farm festival.

However, one gig the much-loved star won’t be doing is King Charles III’s Coronation.

The Candle In The Wind musician and known beloved friend of the late Princess Diana is said to have turned down the prestigious gig due to scheduling conflicts.

As the singer travels around the world, Sir Elton will be performing a string of dates between May 8 and May 11 at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, according to Stereoboard.

Meanwhile, as well as the Coronation a special concert will take place at Windsor Castle and will be aired by the BBC on Sunday, May 7.

According to The National, a source close to the palace stated that Sir Elton’s tour, which sees the singer perform in Germany before and after the Coronation, means that he ‘isn’t able to make the dash to the UK work’. 

Off the stage, Sir Elton has made headlines this week as he and several other high-profile people made High Court claims against the publisher of the Daily Mail.

Seven people, including Sir Elton, his husband David Furnish, the Duke of Sussex, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, Sadie Frost, Liz Hurley and Sir Simon Hughes, are bringing legal action against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over denied allegations it carried out or commissioned unlawful information-gathering.

ANL, which ‘firmly’ denies the allegations, has asked a judge to rule in its favour without a trial, arguing the legal challenges against it were brought “far too late”.

At the end of a four-day hearing at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Nicklin said he will give his decision in writing at a later date.

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