The iconic singer has kicked off the run of his last UK shows (Picture: PA)
Sir Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has landed in Liverpool as he gears up for his run of final UK dates.
The 75-year-old singer-songwriter with 10 UK number ones, including Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, will also play London, Belfast and Glasgow throughout the next few months.
Taking to the stage at the 11,000-capacity M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Thursday, Sir Elton was dressed in a glittery tailcoat jacket as he was heard singing Bennie And The Jets.
Before the concert, he told his Instagram followers: ‘I’m back baby! See you tonight, Liverpool!’
Sir Elton will also play on Friday in the city before heading to Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena on Sunday and the SSE Arena, Belfast on Friday March 31.
He then lands in London for dates at the O2 Arena between April 2 and May 30 before ending his UK tour dates on June 18 at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro venue.
Sir Elton has been wowing fans on his energetic tour (Picture: Getty)
… And you can always rely on him to dress for the occasion (Picture: PA)
His North American leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was filled with pyrotechnics, spectacular visuals and several guest appearances including Dua Lipa.
The series of shows came to an end at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in November 2022.
Sir Elton, who is reported to have teamed up with fellow music icon Dolly Parton for a brand new song, said in December ‘there is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans’ than playing his final UK show at Glastonbury.
The veteran pop superstar will top the bill on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday June 25 for his first performance at the Worthy Farm festival in Somerset.
Despite decades in the business, the Cold Heart chart-topper is still learning secrets about his own tracks.
The chart-topper was performing at the 11,000-capacity M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool (Picture: PA)
He’ll hit major cities in the UK from now until June, before ending with a headline slot at Glastonbury (Picture: PA)
Sir Elton had an unsurprisingly appreciative crowd (Picture: Getty)
It may be more than 50 years since Rocket Man was released, but it’s taken this long for Sir Elton’s long-time songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to reveal the true inspiration behind it.
‘Rocket Man was our first ever number one record I think,’ the star recalled in an Instagram video with Bernie.
He added with a potentially intentional pun: ‘It was a pretty easy song to write a melody to, because it’s a song about space – so it’s quite a spacious song.’
The star recently learnt something about the inspiration for one of his most enduring songs from lyricist partner Bernie Taupin, after more than 50 years (Picture: Getty)
However while he put the iconic melody together, he didn’t know the full story behind the track, which became the title for his biopic starring Taron Egerton, with Bernie revealing the true meaning to the iconic musician over 50 years later.
He said: ‘It was actually a song inspired by Ray Bradbury, from his book of science fiction short stories The Illustrated Man.
‘In that book there was a story called The Rocket Man, which was about how astronauts in the future would become sort of an everyday job. So I kinda took that idea and ran with it.’
Sir Elton, who has played the track at practically every gig he’s performed for the past 50 years, was shocked and wrote in the accompanying caption: ‘You learn something new every day!’
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His final ever UK show is set to be his headline slot at Glastonbury.