Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary life president of the club.
Sir Elton John will perform his last ever UK live show at the 2023 Glastonbury Festival, organisers announced. The ‘rocket man’ will headline the festival’s legendary Pyramid stage as the final performance of his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour. “Every week I speak to new artists on my radio show and Glastonbury is often cited as a pivotal moment in launching their careers,” he told BBC. “The festival’s genuine, enthusiastic support for the best emerging talent is something I’ve long admired.” The festival organiser, Emily Eavis, wrote on Twitter: “It gives me enormous pleasure to let you know that the one and only Elton John will be making his first ever Glastonbury appearance, headlining the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night next year. “This will be the final UK show of Elton’s last ever tour, so we will be closing the Festival and marking this huge moment in both of our histories with the mother of all send-offs.” The string of 350 performances began over five years ago, but both COVID-19 and a hip injury have brought delays.
The singer wants to spend more time with his family, in particular his two children. Elton has been with his husband, David Furnish, since 1993.
The couple were one of the first in the UK to enter a civil partnership in 2005, with the ceremony being held on the day the law came into force.
The couple later married in 2014, on the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership ceremony. His last US tour dates were three shows at the Dodgers baseball stadium in Los Angeles, where he wore a sequined baseball uniform, referencing a costume from his 1975 show at the same venue.