“You possibly can’t transfer environment and you may’t transfer historical past.” That’s what Elton John mentioned about Madison Sq. Backyard on Tuesday, February 22, when referring to the Backyard probably being moved a number of years in the past. He has mentioned many instances that the Backyard is his “most favourite stage on Earth”. John has carried out there over 70 instances spanning his 60 12 months profession, however it’s nonetheless unhappy to suppose that no future generations will get to expertise an Elton live performance at MSG ever once more.
That being mentioned, his farewell reveals at The Backyard had been nothing lower than extraordinary. The setlist was stuffed along with his best hits from the 70’s and 80’s excluding “Chilly Coronary heart”, his latest duet with Dua Lipa from his “Lockdown Classes” album which got here out in October of final 12 months.
He kicked off the present with “Bennie and the Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom.” Different songs on the setlist included “Rocket Man”, “Levon” and “The Bitch is Again”. He performed for two and a half hours and solely took two small breaks for costume adjustments. Whereas addressing the group for the ultimate time, Elton mentioned “After this tour is completed, I’m going to spend time with my household, my kids, and revel in the remainder of my life. Thanks for understanding. I like you a lot.” It was a bittersweet second. The group gave him a standing ovation as he transitioned into “Goodbye Yellow Brick Street.”
On the way in which to NYC, Elton’s personal jet was compelled to make an emergency touchdown after it suffered hydraulic failure at 10,000 ft. Fortunately he was capable of get on one other aircraft and make it to NYC and carry out the ultimate two Backyard reveals. These reveals had been already rescheduled from final 12 months due to the rise in Covid instances. This tour doesn’t finish till 2023 with the final present being scheduled in Sweden. You possibly can see all of the remaining tour dates right here
Elton John – Madison Sq. Backyard, NYC – Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Setlist: Bennie and the Jets, Philadelphia Freedom, I Guess That’s Why They Name It the Blues, Border Track, TIny Dancer, Have Mercy on the Legal, Rocket Man, Take Me to the Pilot, Somebody Saved My Life Tonight, Levon, Candle within the Wind, Funeral for a Buddy/Love Lies Bleeding, Burn Down the Mission, Unhappy Songs (Say So A lot), Don’t Let the Solar Go Down on Me, The Bitch is Again, I’m Nonetheless Standing, Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night time’s Alright for Combating, Chilly Coronary heart, Your Track, Goodbye Yellow Brick Street