Elton John performs the last date of his North American tour at Dodger Stadium
Global superstar Elton John made music history with “Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium,” his final North American concert, which aired live exclusively on Disney+ earlier tonight at 8 p.m. 12:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.
In one of the greatest send-offs of all time, performers, performers and special guests, along with a stadium packed with fans and admirers from around the world, celebrated the legend’s epic full-circle moment. music at Dodger Stadium, paying homage to his 1975 performance that cemented his worldwide success.
The three-hour concert, from Disney Branded Television and produced by Fulwell 73 Productions and Rocket Entertainment, gave Disney+ audiences a front-row seat to its electrifying and legendary performance, which included Bennie and the Jets, Tiny Dancer, I ‘m Still Standing, Crocodile Rock and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
GRAMMYⓇ-winning artists Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee and Brandi Carlile each honored Elton John on stage with duet performances of Cold Heart, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, respectively .
Notable attendees and guests included Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee, Brandi Carlile, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Taron Egerton, Bernie Taupin, Jude Law, Billie Jean King, HER, Donatella Versace, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Miles Teller , Jude Droit, Heidi Klum, Joni Mitchell, JoJo Siwa, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Lloyd, Connie Britton, Kirsten Dunst, Jenna Dewan, John Stamos, Lucy Hale, Raven Simone, Sara Gilbert, Sophia Bush, Erick McCormack, Lisa Rinna, Diana Jenkins, Reed Horstmann and more.
As part of Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” Tour, presented by Alliance for Lifetime Income, Elton John performed 183 shows across the United States and Canada. His home stretch at Dodger Stadium on November 17, 19 and 20 brought together more than 140,000 fans. Gucci transformed his shiny 1975 Dodger uniform into a dressing gown, and Bob Mackie recreated his iconic Dodger cap.
“Elton John Live: Farewell to Dodger Stadium” is produced by Fulwell 73 Productions and Rocket Entertainment. Fulwell 73 Productions has performed and captured some of the greatest moments in music history including Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Party, “Adele: One Night Only”, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at The Apollo”, ” GRAMMYS®”, and many more. Fulwell 73 Productions’ executive producers are Gabe Turner, Ben Winston, Emma Conway, and Sally Wood, who also serves as showrunner.
For Rocket Entertainment, Elton John, David Furnish and Luke Lloyd Davies serve as executive producers. RJ Cutler is the executive producer. For Disney Branded Television, Marc Buhaj is vice president, unscripted and non-fictional, and Nicole Silveira is vice president, unscripted.
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Elton’s professional accomplishments to date are unmatched in their breadth and longevity. Elton is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time. On the UK and US charts alone he has 1 diamond, 32 platinum or multi-platinum and 21 gold albums as well as over 70 Top 40 hits. He has sold over 300 million records worldwide .
He holds the record for the best-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997”, which has sold over 33 million copies. Released in 2017 ‘Diamonds’ the Ultimate Greatest Hits album, became Elton’s 40th UK Top 40 album and spent over 200 consecutive weeks in the top 75 of the UK charts, including over 110 in the top 20 , and in August 2022 passed the threshold of 1 million combined graphics units in the UK.
This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. In August 2018, Elton was named the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history. Currently, he has 70 Billboard Hot 100 entries, including nine No. 1s and 28 Top 10s.
‘The Lockdown Sessions’, an album of collaborations recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, was released in October 2021 and went straight to number 1 on the UK charts, becoming Elton’s 8th number 1 album in the UK. Her debut single “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) with Dua Lipa” became a worldwide hit, reaching number 1 on the UK and Australian charts.
Its success meant Elton became the first solo artist to score a UK Top 10 single in 6 consecutive decades. His latest release, “Hold Me Closer,” featuring Britney Spears debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, giving Elton his tenth Top 10 hit.
The song also climbed to No. 1 in Australia and Canada, No. 3 in the UK, and most importantly, No. 1 on iTunes in over 40 countries upon its release. In America, Elton John holds the record for the longest time among Billboard’s top 40 hits at age 50.
Elton announced the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour at New York’s Gotham Hall in January 2018. Encompassing 5 continents and over 350 dates, this 5-year tour kicked off in September 2018 and marks his retirement after more than 50 years. on the road. In 2019, it was named Billboard’s Top Rock Tour and Pollstar’s Major Tour Of The Year.
To date, Elton has given over 4,000 performances in over 80 countries since launching his first tour in 1970. 2019 also saw the release of ‘Rocketman’ and the worldwide hit autobiography, ‘ME’. An epic musical fantasy film from Elton’s life, “Rocketman” was a commercial and critical success, grossing nearly $200 million at the box office. It has won an Oscar, two Golden Globe Awards and a Critics’ Choice Award and has been nominated for a BAFTA. Its soundtrack was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award.
Among the many awards and accolades bestowed on him are six GRAMMYs, including a GRAMMY Legend Award, a Tony and two Oscars, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. , the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 13 Ivor Novello Awards between 1973 and 2001, and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services”.
Most recently, Elton received the 2021 iHeartRadio “Golden Icon” award in recognition of his incredible influence on music and pop culture. In February 2022, he topped the inaugural Pollstar Artist Power Index, a weekly ranking of the world’s most popular artists based on streaming, touring, circulation, and social media metrics.
In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading non-profit organizations fighting HIV/AIDS and has raised more than $515 million to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. In June 2019, President Emmanuel Macron presented Elton with the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor, for his lifelong contribution to the arts and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Elton received the Companion of Honor in the 2021 New Year’s Honors List. The highest honor on the list, Elton became one of 64 people to hold the honor. In September 2019, The Royal Mail issued a set of 12 stamps in tribute to Elton, one of the most popular and enduring musical artists of all time. Elton was only the second individual musical artist to feature in a dedicated stamp issue.
In July 2020, the Royal Mint released an Elton John commemorative coin, the second in its music legends series to celebrate “one of the most successful and enduring artists of all time”. Always a tireless advocate for new artists, Elton was one of the leading voices in the industry in lobbying the government for visa-free touring rights for young artists in post-Brexit Europe.
Photo credit: Ben Gibson for Rocket Entertainment