Elton John bids farewell to Philly with performance of ‘Philadelphia Freedom’
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Legendary performer Elton John bids farewell.
Concluding a career spanning more than 50 years with a farewell tour, the British pianist and singer created some of the most memorable and enduring music in pop-rock history, songs etched in the collective DNA of humanity.
John kicked off the final leg of his North American farewell tour Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. And yes, he felt love that night.
« America made me famous and I can’t thank this country enough, » he told the audience. « Thank you for the loyalty, the love, the kindness you have shown me. »
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He has sold over 300 million records worldwide, played over 4,000 shows in 80 countries and recorded one of the best-selling singles of all time, his 1997 reworking of « Candle In The Wind ». to praise Princess Diana, which sold 33 million copies.
During his performance in Philadelphia, John played « Philadelphia Freedom », which he dedicated to his hometown crowd as « one of the greatest cities I’ve ever played in ». It was his 52nd concert in the City of Brotherly Love.
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John presented this tour for the first time in 2020.
« I spent time at home with my family as the world navigated through the COVID pandemic. But, I really miss being on the road and performing for my beloved fans in my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, » John said. at the time.
“As scientists make great strides, we are preparing big plans for a return to touring that will allow us to keep everyone healthy and safe.”
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Elton’s 5-year tour officially ends on July 8, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.