Elton John saves the best for last

Elton John saves the best for last

It’s a final tour that promises to be endless, especially since we believed for a long time that it would never resume. By the fault of the pandemic and health concerns that led to serial postponements. After more than half a century of loyal – and not always good – service to the United Kingdom’s balance of trade, Sir Elton John has decided to bow out with the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour”. In reference to his great work, the double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, released in the fall of 1973 after recording sessions at the famous Château d’Hérouville, near Pontoise (Val-d’Oise). The “goodbye” of the original title has therefore been replaced by the word “farewell”.

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Like those of the day before, the thirty thousand spectators who gathered on Sunday June 12 at Paris La Défense Arena, the sports arena built near the Grande Arche, discovered on stage a setting reproducing the yellow brick road of the cover, borrowed from Wizard of Oz. From the introductory cabaret piano of Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road structure the singing turn. With the melancholy pause of Candle in the Wind (Marilyn Monroe version, not Diana Princess of Wales), the progressive rock of Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (a model for the opening of starmaniaby Michel Berger), the recreational fight of Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting and, as expected, the title track to conclude the encore.

A sublime melody, perhaps the most beautiful of Elton John, born when his partnership with the lyricist Bernie Taupin could cause this pop ecstasy of which Lennon and McCartney had the secret. At the time, Taupin saw his partner lose ground with glory, vodka-tonic, soon cocaine (“When are you going down?/When are you going to land?” ») and informed him of his desire to return to the countryside to find his plow and “the owl that hunts the horned toad”.

Virtual duet with Dua Lipa

It is therefore Elton John’s turn to turn the page, that of long-haul flights, honors and admiring crowds. This stage release was initiated in the United States in the fall of 2018, shortly before the biopic was released. Rocket Manwhich he co-produced, and the autobiography Me Elton John (Albin Michel). However, it does not mean that the musician intends to give up his main activity. We have a painful illustration of this with cold heartelectro mash-up by Sacrifice and of Rocket Man, produced with his young compatriot, the singer Dua Lipa (present on screen through a virtual duo). Elton John is nevertheless proud of this summer 2021 single, taken from The Lockdown Sessionsalbum of remote collaborations born from the interruption of this tour, for the very material and futile reason that it allowed him to find the tops of the British rankings.

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