Elton John has performed what may have been his final show.
Glastonbury threw the most epic retirement party in pop history, drawing not only superstar spectators like Paul McCartney and past headliners, but also every single festivalgoer who wanted to pay homage. The hillside was packed to the brim, leaving the rest of the festival site eerily empty.
Dressed in a dazzling gold suit, Elton mesmerized the 250,000-strong crowd with his virtuoso piano skills and soulful vocals.
Surprising everyone, Elton chose a guest list of up-and-coming artists he personally admired. Jacob Lusk from Gabriels joined him for a rarely performed gem, "Are You Ready For Love," while Rina Sawayama fearlessly filled in for Kiki Dee on a cheerful rendition of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." Brandon Flowers of The Killers added a touch of rock panache to "Tiny Dancer."
As the rumours of retirement circulated, Elton playfully hinted that this "may” be his last show in England, sparking laughter from the indulgent crowd. It seems the superstar may already be having second thoughts about stopping.
Despite his six-decade career, Elton appeared genuinely moved and utterly thrilled by the occasion.
The spine-tingling singalong to "Your Song" in the dusky blue light, accompanied by a rising half-moon above the Pyramid stage, was nothing short of magical. "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me" towered over the crowd, while "Rocket Man" engulfed the atmosphere with smoke, searchlights, and fireworks, leaving everyone in awe.
Elton promised he would never forget this moment, and the lucky attendees won't either.
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