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Elton John, the last tour: “A very special evening, I won’t do any more live in Italy”

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Elton John, the last tour: “A very special evening, I won’t do any more live in Italy”
Written by aquitodovale

from Andrea Laffranchi

The pop star sings at San Siro (sold out) for 50,000 spectators. A cavalcade of successes from “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” to “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”

It took almost 50 years to practice what he sang in 1973. In Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John imagined himself a goodbye to the street of wealth and of fame to return to work in countryside and take back your life. In reality, Elton’s life has also gotten out of hand, overwhelmed more than by the success and money you give collateralaccentuated by a personality that has given too much confidence to cocaine, alcohol, sex. He then took up life again, indeed he became an apostle of detoxification and Robbie Williams thanks again.

Be that as it may, that hit (and self-titled album) baptize with a change between goodbye and the most definitive farewell, or goodbye, the colossal last tour of the career that the pop star has been carrying around the world since September 2018. On Saturday 4 June he arrived in Milan. “Let’s make this one very special eveningalso because it is the last in Italy », he tells the 50,000 at the San Siro.

The stage encloses in a street, in fact, of golden bricks the band arranged on two levels, and in front of him is him, sitting at the grand piano: tailcoat with preciously embroidered rever and back (the costumes are signed by Gucci), pink glasses set with diamonds. Elton’s strokes on the piano go parallel to the fluo pulsations of the mega screens and off we go, we start with Bennie and the Jets. Rewinds the memory tape. Here you are Border Songdated 1970, from the second album but mostly taken from Aretha Franklin. “Then it was a big surprise, she was a big influence for me.”

The images that accompany it speak of inclusion and peace and of pantheon solo show of the pop star with the faces of Martin Luther King, Malala, Mandela, Pele, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the final sign All You Need Is Love. Rocket Man it’s a choir. Someone Saved My Life it is accompanied by a psychedelic cartoon: too many videos so far, better the second part which balances with live footage. A career from 300 million records sold all over the world, two hands that enchant on the piano, both for that personal way of giving time (even live) and in virtuosity than in the melodic writingexplosive coupled with the lyrics by Bernie Taupin.

Levon is a ride with the band unleashed (double drums and percussion), for Candle in the Wind
the stage is his alone and on the screens there is a double of Marilyn Monroe, muse whose fragility inspired the song. The piano floats across the stage, thekitsch effect makes a bit of a bumper car. Pause, change of clothes and the return is tiring and baroque withFuneral for a Friend
And Love Lies Bleedingsoon forget with the parade Sad Sogs, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word And Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me. It goes on toteaches completely And much.

Elton John is not just an artist with a repertoire of songs phenomenal. He was also a figure who revolutionized him star system: his excessive customs, tons of feathers And sequins, they talked about fluidity and queer when they risked being counterproductive for the career. The excesses were not only those, there were also those behind the scenes. A lifestyle of a star that has brought him to the brink of bankruptcythat they were excessive expenses to have fresh flowers in every house even if he was not there (now in the dressing room they are all white and his staff takes care of it directly, without delegating to anyone) or the costs for supplies less clear.

At a certain age he changed, he started a family and now he thinks about that: «I had enough applause – he said -. I will be 76 when the tour ends and what do I have left? Time I want to spend it with the boys and with David (Furnish, her husband ed) to smell roses ». The bis are for Cold Hearthit with Dua Lipa who mentions his unmissable, Your Song And Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. He goes away. For thelast time.

June 4, 2022 (change June 4, 2022 | 23:17)

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