There’ll never be another Elton | Sunday Observer

There’ll never be another Elton

Sir Elton John is now 135 dates into a 241-show swansong of his major tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road. Like he mentioned before and will continue to do so he wants to spend more time with his family. True, his fans will miss him and his incredible style of singing and playing the piano. But as they say, the good news is that fans got what’s probably the best version of Elton John, in ‘absorbing 25 songs in a period of 3 hours of showtime’ with the accent on the early part of his career from 1970 to 1976. Besides his prowess as a pianist, Elton John proved to his fans that his voice still shines especially in the low register and sensitively smooth when singing Candle In the Wind and Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Though he is not leaping around like he used to do in the earlier years, he puts in child-like energy into all his performances. He springs to his feet often as if though he has done a magic trick, widening his eyes and saying ‘Thank you, Thank you’ over and over.

Perhaps the best years of his career has always been the 70s and he, no doubt, enjoys wearing outlandish sequined sunglasses and coats with brash coloured flowers or embroidery. Just after he performed ‘Indian Sunset’ for the audience, Elton John who enjoys having a banter with them revealed his method of collaboration with his song writing partner Bernie Taupin... “He gives me a lyric and I go to another room and I sit at the piano and I read the title, and then I start reading the lyric. Because he’s such a great story teller, as I’m reading the lyric, a little story appears – a movie appears in my head. And I visualise what the song is trying to say. By the time I finish reading it, I have an idea what the songs tempo might be, what kind of genre the music might be and then I put my hands on the keyboard and hope for the best. That’s it, there’s no more to it than that”.

He followed up his spoken words with a delightful jazzed-up blues-rock rendition of Sad Songs Say So Much, He was emotionally moved at the end of it, that he stood quickly and slammed down the lid of his grand piano and told the audience ‘As you know this journey is coming to an end. I’m coming around to say goodbye because I’m so grateful for all the love, the kindness, the generosity and loyalty that you have shown me for so long. I won’t forget you guys, because how could I? You’re in my heart, in my soul, every fibre of my being.... And so I need to say goodbye.”

The sold out audience showered him with a thunderous applause. Elton John spread his arms like wings and took three slow bows. He smiled, he waved, he pumped his fists and kept saying ‘thank you... thank you...’

To the audience in that moment, he looked like a man who didn’t want it to end.

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