British singer Elton John announces brand new Show

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British singer, Sir Elton John has announced a brand new show for his headline performance, at Glastonbury on Sunday 25 June.

The artiste is playing at the festival as the final UK date of his farewell tour, he said fans should expect the unexpected.

“I’m starting with a song I haven’t played for about 10 years, so we’ll see how it goes,” he said to the Radio presenter.

“I’ve got the set list down, I’ve got rehearsal dates booked for the guest artists, so we just have to hope the weather will still be nice.”

Sunday night’s set will come more than five years after Sir Elton announced his 350-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

It was originally due to end in 2021, giving the 76-year-old more time to spend with his young family, but multiple dates had to be rescheduled due to the Covid pandemic and a hip injury the singer sustained last year.

The Glastonbury date wraps up his touring commitments in the UK, and Sir Elton told Radio 1’s Clara Amfo it “couldn’t be a more perfect ending”.

He said that the set list had been revamped to keep the show fresh.

“It’s a different show to what people have been seeing. On Farewell Yellow Brick Road, there’s quite a lot of deep cuts, it’s not all hits, and you’v’ got to keep people interested.

“When you put a set list together, I always say it’s a bit like having sex. You start off really well, then you chill out a little bit, then towards the end of the show all hell breaks loose”.
Sir Elton has played more than 2,500 shows across his career.

Fans are hoping Sir Elton’s Glastonbury set will replicate his final US shows at LA’s Dodger Stadium last year. Those concerts were suitably grand affairs that saw guest appearances by Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee and Brandi Carlile.

The star has confirmed he will have special guests when he visits Worthy Farm, but is keeping their identities under wraps.

It will be his first ever performance at the festival and, he confessed, his first visit to Glastonbury, full stop.

“I’ve watched Glastonbury on the TV,” he said, “and the thing that I love about Glastonbury is not the headliners, per se, it’s the people on the smaller stages that they give the chance to shine.

“So if I was at Glastonbury, I would probably be in one of the smaller tents, looking at one of the newer acts playing, because that’s what I want to see.”
Sir Elton, whose love affair with music has never waned, went on to discuss four of the new artists he’s most excited about.

Among them were singer-songwriter Olivia Dean, future-soul artist Obongjayar, Scottish crooner Joesef and thrash-punk band Nova Twins.

“These girls rock my world,”  “There’s so many girls out there rocking it: You’ve got the Linda Lindas and you’ve got Wet Leg and you’ve got the Nova Twins, who are just unbelievable.
“I’m so looking forward to seeing them live because they are, for me, phenomenal.”

You can hear the full interview on Clara Amfo’s Future Sounds
Sir Elton’s Glastonbury performance will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 25 June as part of the BBC’s coverage of the festival on TV, radio, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

 

 

 

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