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Elton John made the last concert of his career in Sweden

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Elton John made the last concert of his career in Sweden

Born in Pinner, Middlesex, England back in 1947, Elton John started his musical career in 1962, releasing his solo debut album “Empty Sky” in 1969. Since then he became one of the best-selling artists of all time with an estimated amount of more than 300 million records sold worldwide.


Last saturday (July 8), the musician performed his final concert, which happened in Stockholm, Sweden. Before closing the show with the classic song “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, he said (Transcribed by UCR):

“It’s the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour show, and the last one. We’re ending it in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. My very first show in Sweden was on the 7th of July in 1971, so it’s more or less 52 years to the day I first played in Sweden.”

“You have no idea how much that means to me – your beautiful words and kindness… it’s just amazing. I’ve had the most wonderful career, beyond belief. 52 years of pure joy, playing music. How lucky am I to play music? But you know I wouldn’t be sitting here and talking to you if it wasn’t for you. You’ve bought the singles, the albums, the CDs, the cassettes but most importantly you’ve bought the tickets to the shows. And you know how much I love to play live. it’s been my lifeblood to play for you guys and you’ve been absolutely magnificent, thank you!”

He continued:

“I will never forget you guys. I’ve played so many concerts, how could I forget? You’re in my head and my heart and my soul and I thank you so much. I will never be touring again but I may do something in the future, a one-off thing or… but that’s miles away. I want to appreciate my family, my sons, my husband, my family, everything. I’ve earned it and I don’t regret it tonight. But I want to say thank you to the band, the crew, everybody. I will miss you guys so much, but I will see you much quicker than you think,” Elton John said.

His farewell tour started back in 2018 and became during the last years the first one in history to achieve over $900,000,000 tickets sold.

Final Elton John concert setlist

  1. “Bennie and the Jets”
  2. “Philadelphia Freedom”
  3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues”
  4. “Border Song”
  5. “Tiny Dancer”
  6. “Have Mercy on the Criminal”
  7. “Rocket Man”
  8. “Take Me to the Pilot”
  9. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”
  10. “Levon”
  11. “Candle in the Wind”
  12. “Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding”
  13. “Burn Down the Mission”
  14. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”
  15. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”
  16. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
  17. “The Bitch is Back”
  18. “I’m Still Standing”
  19. “Crocodile Rock”
  20. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
  21. “Cold Heart”
  22. “Your Song”
  23. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

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