“The best Glastonbury headliner ever!” Sir Elton John hailed for ‘last UK show’ but fans question ‘missing’ Britney Spears and Dua Lipa after special guests left them confused.
Sir Elton John’s final performance on his final UK tour was hailed by fans as “the best Glastonbury headliner ever” as he closed the show on Sunday night.
The 76-year-old superstar singer tearfully took to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury for the final UK leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
As hundreds of thousands flocked to Worthy Farm and millions watched Elton’s final farewell, fans marked the show as a triumph.
After promising hit after hit, Elton ended up performing a two-hour set with four special guests, but not Dua Lipa and Britney Spears, who were scheduled to perform that night, an insider said.
The ‘life-affirming’ set was watched by her husband David Furnish and their children, as well as famous friends including David Walliams and the Spice Girls, who reportedly joined her for a glittering after-party after the show.
Born to perform: Sir Elton John arrived at the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage for the final UK leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Dressed in style: The 76-year-old superstar singer walked on stage in a gold suit before sitting down at the piano during the fireworks display.
Tearful: Pop star Sir Elton removed his famous red glasses to wipe away tears as musical guests paid tribute to him on stage
Tribute: Sir Elton dedicated his penultimate song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to the late George Michael on the singer’s 60th birthday (George pictured in 2005)
I’m looking at dad! The ‘life-affirming’ set was watched by her husband David Furnish and their children, as well as famous friends including David Walliams and the Spice Girls, who reportedly joined her for a glittering after-party after the show.
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Lewis Hamilton and David Furnish watch Elton
Stars including Paul McCartney, Taron Egerton and Andrew Garfield were also spotted backstage watching the show before attending Elton’s bash.
The only disappointment for some was that the famous stars who were said to be dueling with the legend did not appear on the night.
Britney Spears, 41, was widely tipped to perform her song Hold Me Closer with Elton during the show, but never did. Elton also announced that he would be singing Dua Lipa’s Cold Heart himself when he was unable to join her on the night. Dua, 27, couldn’t be there as she left Elton alone to sing his 2021 hit – and instead shared pictures of the family meal on the day.
Fans were quick to comment, writing on Twitter: “Sorry Dua Lipa but what the hell is more important than headlining Glastonbury with Elton John right now?” At the start of the show, Elton took to the stage in a gold suit before sitting down at the piano during the fireworks before saying he never thought he’d be playing the festival because of the “special and emotional” show.
Pop star Sir Elton took off his famous red glasses to wipe away tears as musical guests paid tribute to him on stage.
During the evening, he dedicated his penultimate song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to the late George Michael on what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday, saying: “Today is a very special day, I was wondering how I would approach it . . . “One of Britain’s greatest singer-songwriters included George Michael.
He was my friend, he was an inspiration, and today would have been his 60th birthday, so I want to dedicate this song to his memory. All the music he left us is so amazing.
That’s for you George. He opened his set with Pinball Wizard before The B***h Is Back and then said: “I never thought I’d be playing Glastonbury and here I am.
“It’s a very special and emotional night for me as it can be for me last concert in England so I better play and entertain you, you stand there so long and I really appreciate all the clothes and everything.
Reaction: One person said Elton promised to perform hit after hit, eventually delivering during his two-hour set, which featured four special guests.
Who were Elton’s special guests?
Sir Elton’s first guest was Jacob Lusk of Gabriels and The London Community Gospel Choir, who performed Are You Ready For Love? He was then joined by Stephen Sanchez who performed Sanchez’s song Until I Found You. Sir Elton then welcomed Killers frontman Brandon Flowers to perform with him and the pair performed Tiny Dancer.
British nominated singer Rina Sawayama joined him on stage to perform Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.
WHO DIDN’T SHOW?
Elton announced that he would sing Dua Lipa’s song Cold Heart himself, as he was unable to join her during the night.
Dua, 27, couldn’t be there as she left Elton alone to sing his 2021 hit – and instead shared pictures of the family meal on the day.
Britney Spears, 41, was tipped to perform her song Hold Me Closer with Elton during the show, but never did. Fans were surprised to see Elton’s legendary duet partner Kiki Dee replace Rina in a shock move.
He then escorted Bennie And The Jets and Daniel onto the Pyramid Stage to a huge crowd.
Sir Elton was joined by Jacob Lusk of Gabriels and The London Community Gospel Choir for Are You Ready For Love? After the show Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Golden boy: Sir Elton’s golden suit was complemented by a pair of golden trainers for his performance
Entertainer: The star laughed that he had to pull up his trousers as he walked around the stage during his performance
Music man: He opened his set with Pinball Wizard before playing The Bitch Is Back and then said: ‘I never thought I would ever play Glastonbury and here I am’
Grateful: The star expressed his gratitude to the crowd as he stood next his black Yamaha piano on stage
Showman: The musician whipped the crowed into a frenzy after the crowed had waited at the main stage since the morning
First time: Sir Elton had never performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury before until what may have been his last ever UK show
Fame game: Sir Elton enjoyed celebrity members in the audience, including Sir Paul McCartney (left)
Landmark show: ‘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 I had better entertain you’ (pictured with his first guest, American singer Jacob Lusk)
Making music: Sir Elton was joined by Stephen Sanchez for a performance of Sanchez’s song Until I Found You.
Emotion: Sir Elton was moved to tears and removed his glasses to wipe away tears after Stephen paid tribute
Honoured: Lead singer of the Killers, Brandon Flowers, made an appearance to sing with Sir Elton
Embrace: Sir Elton and Brandon could be seen hugging on stage after their performance at Glastonbury
Guest star: Brit-nominated singer Rina Sawayama took to the stage with him to perform Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Looking good: Rita looked sensational in a sheer dress with silver disc detail as she took to the stage. Rina’s natural beauty was enhanced with edgy makeup from Charlotte Tilbury
Dynamic duo: The pair played off each other as they performed for the huge crowd at Worthy Farm
Gutted! Britney Spears, 41, was widely speculated to be performing their track Hold Me Closer with Elton during the show, however she never appeared
Hitmaker: He also performed renditions Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song and Candle In The Wind to the huge crowd
Dazzling: The Rocketman entertained the masses at Glastonbury on Sunday, for his first time ever at the festival
Over the rainbow: The star had a special stage set and was joined by a band while he played the piano
Devotees: Ecstatic fans were projected onto the huge screen behind him as he took to the stage
Thank you: Elton told his fans how much they meant to him as he thanked them for waiting for hours in the audience after they’d queued all day
Explosive: Fireworks exploded into the sky as Sir Elton’s performance came to an end at Worthy Farm
All eyes on him: The star wore a gold suit for his performance with a black open collared shirt underneath
Talented: He worked the crowed as he stood on stage surrounded by fans after performing as a solo singer and dueting with his guests
Brit-nominated singer Rina Sawayama took to the stage with him to perform Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. He also performed renditions Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song and Candle In The Wind to the huge crowd. Earlier in the day, Blondie’s Debbie Harry looked every inch the edgy rock star as the took to the Pyramid Stage to perform with her band during day five of Glastonbury Festival on Sunday.
The 77-year-old singer was followed by fashion designer Stella McCartney (51) and actress Kate Hudson (44), among others, in Somerset, England.
She wore a black sequined mini dress and a matching jacket with a black shirt underneath.
The American hitmaker wore black leather over-the-knee boots and futuristic mirrored dark vision sunglasses as she took to the stage with her band.
Blondie kicked off their set with hit song One Way Or Another and opened the show with static humming across the back screen, but some in the audience and those watching at home claimed they couldn’t hear.
Incredible: Fireworks lit up the sky as Elton performed the closing act
Duet: Elton held hands with Rina as they performed to the crowd
Celebrity participants! Debbie Harry and Kate Hudson watched from the audience
Guests: Anya-Taylor Joy was among the stars of the event
Rock chic: Blondie’s Debbie Harry, 77, looked every inch the black rock star as she performed on the Pyramid Stage on day five of Glastonbury Festival on Sunday.
Born to perform: She wore a black sequined mini dress and a matching jacket with a black shirt underneath.
Celebrity game: The singer was joined by fashion designer Stella McCartney (51) (right) and actress Kate Hudson (44) (third left) at the venue in Somerset, England.
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Debbie then said that the band had to “get rid of the phone songs” at the start of the set.
He told the crowd, “Good afternoon, good evening, good day, good night. ‘Hey, thanks, it’s really nice to be here, I hope you’re all having a good time.’ We had to get those phone songs out. because none of them are relevant today, we all have phones in our pockets.”
The American rockers continued to play hits Will Anything Happen and Atomic, ending with the guitarist playing his instrument behind his head.