Elton John appeared on stage at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles 47 years ago wearing a sequin-studded baseball uniform as the biggest pop star in the world. On Sunday night, he did so while donning a bedazzled Dodgers bathrobe, which was more appropriate for a 75-year-old man nearing retirement.
More than 50,000 people cheered as the event occurred in the waning moments of the final North American show of a tour that John claims would be his last.
“I want to spend time with my family because I’ll be 76 next year, he said. “I want to bring them out and show you why I’m retiring.”
He hugged and kissed his husband David Furnish as his two sons, Zachary, 11, and Elijah, 9, waved enthusiastically at the crowd while sporting matching Dodgers jackets with the word “Elton” on the back.
The expected last song that gave the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour its moniker, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” was then sung by John.
The audience, which included rocket men and rocket women as well as blue-jean kids and LA ladies, many of whom were John’s age as well as many others in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, moved and sang along during the two-hour performance to songs like “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer.” Several people dabbed tears from their eyes.
When the last song was over, John took off the robe to reveal another retiring outfit—a green and red tracksuit—and entered a tiny, transparent elevator that took him up into a gap in the stage background.