- Tracy Heck
Elton John brings long-awaited 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour' to Detroit
On Tuesday, February 8th and Wednesday, February 9th, the iconic Elton John brought his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to downtown Detroit at the Little Caesars Arena where a enthusiastic packed crowd eagerly awaited him.
The tour, as the singer noted, was a long time coming after having been rescheduled twice because of the pandemic.
It is the singer's last and is a celebration of his nearly 55 years of hits and on Tuesday evening, the superstar entertainer hit on all aspects of his career during his nearly 2 1/2 hour set.
Throughout the set, John spoke about how happy he was to be back in Detroit for what was his 24th performance in the area since 1970.
At age 74, the singer hasn't lost a step, with his high energy level, wicked sense of humor, strong voice and unmatched piano skills on full display.
Along for the ride was his six-piece band whose strong skills kept the ball rolling throughout the 22-song set.
Accompanying most of the tracks were a wide range of visuals and conceptual videos on the massive video screen behind them that moved through a variety of John's biggest career moments.
John's moving piano was also a visual crowd-pleaser as he glided from one end of the stage to the other at various points during the evening.
John kicked off his set with the popular "Bennie and the Jets," which helped get the crowd up on their feet and primed for the rest of the evening before continuing the fun with "Philadelphia Freedom" and then slowing things down with "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues."
John then spoke about his love for Detroit's own Aretha Franklin and how much he misses her before talking about how proud he was when she chose to cover his song "Border Song" back in 1972. The singer then launched into the track, dedicating it to his friend.
As the evening moved on, he pulled out more hits in "Tiny Dancer," "Rocket Man" and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" alongside some deeper cuts like "Have Mercy on the Criminal" and "Take Me to the Pilot."
After a somber "Candle in the Wind," John then left the stage for a wardrobe change as the lights on the stage turned blue and the storm sounds kicked up before he returned with the haunting "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding."
During "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," John took a moment to eagerly introduce his masterful band before launching into a five-song packed punch that saw the singer pulling out some of his favorite hits.
The section began with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" before kicking things up with "The Bitch Is Back" and "I'm Still Standing."
The crowd joined in on "Crocodile Rock" before John wrapped things up with "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting."
As the crowd gave them a standing ovation, he and the band exited before John returned to the stage alone sporting a purple robe with glittery cats on the back. He went on to perform his new hit, "Cold Heart," his remix with Dua Lipa.
The band then came out to join him as John told the crowd that now that he'd played his latest hit, it was time to perform his very first one in "Your Song."
After taking a minute to thank the crowd for all their support over the years, John then closed out the evening with "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," before ascending up the stage and into the sun.
Detroiters will have one more opportunity to see John when he returns July 18th to play Comerica Park.