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Elton John, 75, strings together hits as he brings Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to Chicago


At 75, Elton John appeared to be in top form as he took his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to Soldier Field in Chicago on Friday.

The legendary British crooner has traveled back in time and delivered many of his hits from his six-decade career.

The tour – which kicked off in the United States in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 2018 – suffered several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, at times, John’s health.

He is still standing!  Elton John, 75, appeared to be in top form as he took his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to Soldier Field in Chicago on Friday night.

He is still standing! Elton John, 75, appeared to be in top form as he took his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to Soldier Field in Chicago on Friday night.

John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) and his band launched into the first set with a rousing rendition of Bennie And The Jets, while flashing his megawatt smile from behind the piano.

But with the band sounding tight and full of energy, it didn’t take long for him to rise from his seat to engage with the audience.

Dressed in a black tuxedo blazer, complete with assorted embroidery and black trousers, the native of Pinner, Middlesex, England, got the crowd working with the music and his banter.

Her look wouldn’t be complete without wearing her flashy glasses, which that night were large-rimmed and tinted red.

Wow the Crowd: The legendary crooner wowed the crowd performing many of his greatest hits, which began with the first Bennie And The Jets set.

Wow the Crowd: The legendary crooner wowed the crowd performing many of his greatest hits, which began with the first Bennie And The Jets set.

Wow the Crowd: The legendary crooner wowed the crowd performing many of his greatest hits, which began with the first Bennie And The Jets set.

Delays: The tour – which kicked off in the US in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 2018 – suffered several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and John's health

Delays: The tour – which kicked off in the US in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 2018 – suffered several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and John's health

Delays: The tour – which kicked off in the US in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 2018 – suffered several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and John’s health

With the massive crowd pumping after the high-octane energy of the set opener, John and company didn’t lose momentum when they followed up with Philadelphia Freedom.

Throughout his show, John delivered renditions of his other hit songs including I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Sad Songs (Say So Much), Don’t Let The Sun Go Down. On Me, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing and Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.

After the show in Chicago, John and the band will have a brief month-long break on the road.

They will return to the stage on September 7 when the tour resumes with a few shows at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada.

Piano man: Decked out in a black tuxedo blazer, cut in the front with lots of embroidery and black trousers, the British singer-songwriter spent much of the show behind the piano singing along heart

Piano man: Decked out in a black tuxedo blazer, cut in the front with lots of embroidery and black trousers, the British singer-songwriter spent much of the show behind the piano singing along heart

Piano man: Decked out in a black tuxedo blazer, cut in the front with lots of embroidery and black trousers, the British singer-songwriter spent much of the show behind the piano singing along heart

Farewell: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is destined to be his last trip around the world

Farewell: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is destined to be his last trip around the world

Farewell: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is destined to be his last trip around the world

After kicking off the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in September 2018, which is supposed to be John’s last trip around the world, the band played steadily for about a year and a half.

But then when COVID-19 was deemed a pandemic in March 2020, the tour came to a screeching halt, which happened right after its show in Sydney, Australia on March 7 of that year.

Between the pandemic and John’s recurring health issues, including hip surgery due to a fall “on a hard surface”, the tour ended up being sidelined until January 19, 2020, when he took the stage at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Excitement: John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) seemed full of excitement and enthusiasm during the show, which is the last show of this leg of the tour;  it resumes on September 7

Excitement: John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) seemed full of excitement and enthusiasm during the show, which is the last show of this leg of the tour;  it resumes on September 7

Excitement: John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) seemed full of excitement and enthusiasm during the show, which is the last show of this leg of the tour; it resumes on September 7

After restarting in the Big Easy, the tour toured parts of the United States until April 28 in Miami.

From there, John and his band took a three-week break before resuming in Europe with a show in Fornebu, Norway on May 21.

The European leg continued until July 4 in Watford, England, then John took an eleven-day break before resuming in the United States with Friday’s show in Philadelphia.

The tour will make its final stop in the United States on November 20 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The five-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is set to officially end in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023.

End in sight: When it all wraps up with a show in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023, John's tour will have lasted five years

End in sight: When it all wraps up with a show in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023, John's tour will have lasted five years

End in sight: When it all wraps up with a show in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023, John’s tour will have lasted five years

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