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Elton John Opens BST Hyde Park Festival With Career-Spanning Set

The 75-year-old sang from both ends of his fifties as a recording artist.
Sir Elton John took the years back as the BST Hyde Park festival opened with a career-spanning set from a domestic chart-topper.

75-year-old singer and pianist

The 75-year-old singer and pianist performed songs from both ends of his fifties as a recording artist, with a dedication to late collaborators Aretha Franklin and George Michael. He told the crowd: “We’ve been on this show for a long time.” waiting for you, and it has finally arrived.

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He was watched from a high platform by his younger sons, Zachary and Elijah.

Sir Elton’s appearance at the festival – which returned on Friday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic – came through his marathon Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. More than 300 races around the world are set to end next year and after 52 years on the road, Will mark his retirement from the tour.

I thank you for showing all that kindness.

“When I stop in next July, I’ll have so many memories and you’ve all been a part of it.” He opened Hyde Park with crowd favorite Benny & the Jets before a setlist of more than 20 songs from his collection, including Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and his first hit from 1970, Your Song.

Also played a stripped-back rendition of Candle in the Wind

which was re-recorded in 1997 to mark the death of her friend Diana, Princess of Wales, whose memorial fountain stands in Hyde Park. Her encore included Cold Heart (PNAU Remix), which was played by Dua Lipa. With was the number one single of 2021.

The set ended with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Sir Elton will be followed by the Rolling Stones on Saturday and the Eagles on Sunday at BST Hyde Park this weekend. Adele, Pearl Jam and Duran Duran are also due to headline the American Express-sponsored festival this summer.

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