Elton has done this live before – witness the reaction of fans at Madison Square Garden in October 2000 and also Manchester (UK) in 1998. There they were, on their feet, with mixed emotions when Elton announced his current CD, Songs From the West Coast, will be his last.
“It’s the last record that I ever make,” he said November 30, 2001, from the stage at the sold-out Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.
“I’m fed up with it. I like playing to you guys but I hate the record industry,” Elton said. “I’ve made 40 albums and its about time for me to get out.”
Elton ended the Manchester concert with a tribute to George Harrison. He said when he first came to America, and his album Elton John was number 18 on the charts, Harrison sent him a congratulatory telegram.
“I’ve never forgotten that gesture. It was such a mind-blowing gesture,” Elton said. “I want to dedicate this song to him for all the wonderful music he’s given us over the years. Wherever you are, George, be happy. God Bless You.” Elton launched into Your Song.
The complete set list of the Manchester show on November 30, 2001:
- Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
- Someone Saved My Life Tonight
- Bennie And The Jets
- Philadelphia Freedom
- Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes
- The Wasteland
- Rocket Man
- I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
- This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
- I Want Love
- Country Comfort
- Take Me To The Pilot
- Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
- Holiday Inn
- Tiny Dancer
- Original Sin
- I’m Still Standing
- The Bitch Is Back
- Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
- Your Song
- Crocodile Rock
- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me