Elton John oozes enthusiasm as his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour rolls on in Paris, France


Elton John oozes enthusiasm while belting out hits during the latest stop on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Paris, France

Elton John looked to be in fine form while performing on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road in Paris, France on Saturday night.

The legendary crooner wowed the crowd by playing his greatest hits for a crowd of 40,000 at the Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris, on Saturday.

The tour – which kicked off in the U.S. in Allentown, Pennsylvania back in September 2018 – has endured several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, at times, John’s health.

He's still standing! Elton John looked to be in fine form while performing on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road in Paris, France on Saturday night

He’s still standing! Elton John looked to be in fine form while performing on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road in Paris, France on Saturday night 

John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight), 75, looked to be full of excitement and enthusiasm when he and his band kicked into the set opener, Bennie And The Jets.

Decked out in a black tuxedo blazer, cropped in the front with red, white and blue embroidery, and black pants, the British singer-songwriter spent much of the show behind the piano.

In keeping with his trademark look, he hit the stage wearing red-tinted, large-frame glasses. 

The five-time Grammy-winner would go on to deliver renditions of many of his hit songs that included Philadelphia Freedom, I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Sad Songs (Say So Much), Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. 

Wowing the crowd: The legendary crooner wowed the crowd by playing his greatest hits for a crowd of 40,000 at the Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris, on Saturday

Wowing the crowd: The legendary crooner wowed the crowd by playing his greatest hits for a crowd of 40,000 at the Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris, on Saturday 

Delays: The tour - which kicked off in the U.S. in Allentown, Pennsylvania back in September 2018 - has endured several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, at times, John's health

Delays: The tour – which kicked off in the U.S. in Allentown, Pennsylvania back in September 2018 – has endured several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, at times, John’s health 

After the September 2018 kickoff, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which is intended to be John’s final trek around the world, was temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic following his show in Sydney, Australia on March 7, 2020. 

The nearly two-year break in between shows was also due to John having surgery on his injured hip following a fall ‘on a hard surface.’

Despite intensive physiotherapy and specialist treatment, the pain continued to get worse, making it harder for him to move around, ultimately prompting him to make the decision to push the tour back to 2022. 

The tour ultimately resumed with a show at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on January 19, and made its way around parts of the U.S. until April 28 in Miami.

Enthusiasm: John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight), 75, looked to be full of excitement and enthusiasm when he and his band kicked into the set opener, Bennie And The Jets

Enthusiasm: John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight), 75, looked to be full of excitement and enthusiasm when he and his band kicked into the set opener, Bennie And The Jets 

Piano man: Decked out in a black tuxedo blazer, cropped in the front with red, white and blue embroidery, and black pants, the British singer-songwriter spent much of the show behind the piano

Piano man: Decked out in a black tuxedo blazer, cropped in the front with red, white and blue embroidery, and black pants, the British singer-songwriter spent much of the show behind the piano 

From there, John and his band took a three-week hiatus before picking back up in Europe with a show in Fornebu, Norway on May 21.

The European leg continues on through July 4 in Watford, England, and then John takes a brief break before heading back to the U.S. that kicks off in Philadelphia on July 15.

The tour will make its final stop in the United States on November 20, with a show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  

The five-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is slated to formally wrap up in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023.

Socializing: Upon arrival in France, John took to Instagram to promote his farewell tour rolling into Paris on Saturday and Sunday

Socializing: Upon arrival in France, John took to Instagram to promote his farewell tour rolling into Paris on Saturday and Sunday

Bonjour: John also shared a photo of the marquee out front of Paris La Défense Arena

Bonjour: John also shared a photo of the marquee out front of Paris La Défense Arena 

The final tour: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is slated to formally wrap up in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023

The final tour: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is slated to formally wrap up in Stockholm, Sweden on July 8, 2023

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