LOS ANGELES — The sun is setting on Elton John’s final North American show in the place where it all began – Dodger Stadium.
John, 75, will close out his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tour, his final American concert tour. The “Rocket Man” singer’s third night at Dodger Stadium will be even more poignant since the venue serves as the famous setting for John’s 1975 breakout stadium concerts.
More than 47 years ago, John’s two electrifying, sequin outfit-filled concerts at the historic baseball stadium affirmed the rising star’s supernova status (as seen in his 2019 biopic “Rocketman.”)
“Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium” will be live streamed on Disney+ beginning at 11 ET/8 PT.
Sunday’s Disney+ live stream will feature special guest performances from Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile and Kiki Dee, John’s duet partner for one his biggest hits, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
A cadre of stars will walk the red carpet for John’s farewell concert including Lizzo, Heidi Klum, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Idina Menzel, John Stamos, Connie Britton and “Top Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller.
Britney Spears, who recently collaborated with John on their joint single “Hold Me Closer,” is not scheduled to attend – much less perform.
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“If there are any surprise guests, then we will be surprised too,” says Gabe Turner, one of the concert’s executive producers. “We’re happy with the guests we have, and we think they’re going to bring the house down.”
The Disney+ concert event will feature 23 concert cameras, including a helicopter shot.
“This is a huge undertaking,” says executive producer Ben Winston. “After such an unbelievable career, this is Elton saying goodbye to America. This is the last show of the last tour. There is a significant historical and emotional moment to that. And those 1975 gigs only add to that. When you think of Elton John on tour, you think of that show.”
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The concert will begin with a 20-minute pre-taped interview with John and his partner David Furnish discussing why “he’s hanging up his touring boots,” says Winston.
Video contributions from President Joe Biden to David Beckham and Billie Eilish will also be featured.
“And then the show itself,” says Winston.
As for the million-dollar question as to whether John will continue to perform, Furnish spoke to Billboard stating, “I know for a fact he will not be touring in any capacity. What you’re going to see is the possibility of a special one-off or a small residency in one venue for a limited period of time.”
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