‘Emotional’ Elton John Closes Glastonbury with Final UK Show

Last night (June 25th), Elton John closed out the 2023 Glastonbury festival with his final UK gig. NewsSky.com reported that the “Rocket Man” spoke to the massive crowd, telling them, “It’s a very special and emotional night for me because it might be my last show ever in England, so I had better play well and entertain you. You’ve been standing there for so long, and I really appreciate all the outfits and everything.”

The show differed from his usual “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” shows and opened with his famed cover of the Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” marking the first time he had tackled the tune since 2009. Prior to performing “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” Elton saluted his close friend and duet partner George Michael on what would have been the late singer’s 60th birthday yesterday.

Elton was joined throughout the Glastonbury finale by notable artists such as Jacob Lusk, the London Community Gospel Choir, Stephen Sanchez, Brandon Flowers, and Rina Sawayam.

Elton John’s next performance is scheduled for June 27th at Accor Arena in Paris.


Elton John’s Glastonbury setlist on June 25th, 2023 – via Setlist.fm:

“Pinball Wizard”
“The Bitch Is Back”
“Bennie And The Jets”
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”
“Philadelphia Freedom”
“Are You Ready For Love” – with Jacob Lusk & The London Community Gospel Choir
“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – with London Community Gospel Choir
“Someone Saved My Life Tonight”
“Until I Found You” – with Stephen Sanchez
“Your Song”

“Candle In The Wind”
“Tiny Dancer” – with Brandon Flowers
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – with Rina Sawayam
“Crocodile Rock”
“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”
“I’m Still Standing”
“Cold Heart”
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)”