Elton John’s spectacular farewell tour hit Allstate Arena (pics, videos, setlist)
The concerts are like a live greatest hits albums from his heydays of the 1970's. It starts with "Bennie and the Jets" and ends with the encore of "Your Song" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." In between, are twenty-one other tunes that you'll know from the first note. You'll certainly get your moneys worth from his setlist. Talking about his setlist, it's remained the same at all stops on the tour, so if you saw his Chicago/United Center concerts last October, you don't need to see these shows in Rosemont. You've already seen his final act.
Talking about the 70's, if you saw an Elton concert back then and are expecting the same thing, you aren't going to get it. He won't be jumping on top of his piano or doing handstands at the keyboard. Hey, he's seventy-one years old now. It's hard to do those gymnastic-esque moves when you're not close to your twenties. And the bizarre outfits...well, his jackets, pants and glasses are still flashy, but if you're looking for Elton dressed as a duck, you aren't getting that either. What you will get is a nice multi-media screen show and some awesome music.
[...] This tour is about the music and the memories. All the songs are great. The best ones would be the tunes that you like best. For me, that's the combination of "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" from the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album and "Burn Down The Mission" from my favorite of all his albums, "Tumbleweed Connection." [Chicago Now]
Elton John's very long goodbye, the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," continued this past weekend in the Chicago area with shows on Friday (2/15) and Saturday (2/16) night at the Allstate Arena. We caught the Friday show, and as mentioned the review quoted above, it was the same spectacle and setlist that he's been doing this whole tour, which means tons of great visuals and tons and tons of hits. Pictures from Friday night's show are in the gallery above. Setlist and some videos below.
Elton's tour continues this week and currently has over 100 shows booked through late 2020, including several NYC-area stops. All dates and tickets here.
Bennie and the Jets
All the Girls Love Alice
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
Take Me to the Pilot
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Candle in the Wind
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Burn Down the Mission
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
The Bitch Is Back
I'm Still Standing
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
photos by James Richards IV