The singer told crowds on Sunday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles: “Without America, I wouldn’t be here.” Sir Elton, 75, produced a stunning show laden with pyrotechnics and fireworks plus a surprise appearance from London-born Dua Lipa, 27, below. He has been performing across North America as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, culminating in three nights at the venue in California – where he was playing for the first time since 1975.
Wearing a bejewelled jacket with glittery lapels, he told the 56,000 crowd: “Tonight is very special. We’re creating history with the first ever global livestream. I’m so glad to see you.”
The showman wowed fans with a barrage of hits – including Tiny Dancer, Rocketman, I’m Still Standing, and Candle In The Wind.
Sir Elton dedicated his performance of Border Song to the “lasting genius” of late soul singer Aretha Franklin, telling fans her cover of the track helped launch his Stateside career.
He admitted: “Tonight is a very emotional night for me, it has been a long journey.”
Sir Elton next visits Australia before gigs in Europe.