On November 26, after performing for 35,000 followers in Dunedin, New Zealand, Sir Elton downsized to Sydney’s more intimate Lyric Theatre for the start of his nine-date Australian tour.
Opening with Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) and I’m Still Standing, the entertainer tore through a time warp of hits nearly 40 years to the day since he first toured Australia.
Elton first performed at Randwick Racecourse in 1971 and later married Renate Blauel in Sydney. He paid tribute to the thousands who have watched and supported him throughout his career.
“Thank you for a long time of love and appreciation,” he said, decked out in diamante encrusted lounge suit with the initials ‘EJ’ glittering.
“I got married here to a lovely lady, divorced a lovely lady and then got married to a great guy.”
Your Song was dedicated to the Sydney fans who offered him several standing ovations during a mammoth set stretching for 25 songs and almost two and a half hours.
Elton’s tour continues until December 11.