‘Farewell’ tour sparks nostalgia



Art by Jimin Yu

Next February, Elton John will grace Chicago with his presence for a final time. John, 70, will be saying “Farewell” to his fans after his career spanning fifty years comes to a close. He will be arriving first in Chicago this October 26 and 27, then his final two dates February 15 and 16, 2019. As he prepares for one final tour, his fans reflect on the icon’s legendary career.

Elton John first rose to fame in the 70s, with hits such as “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” and “Tiny Dancer.” His idiosyncratic music style and ostentatious fashion sense drew in thousands of fans worldwide. He even attracted the tiniest of fans with his work in “The Lion King,” in which he composed the songs for the soundtrack. However, it was his ballad for Princess Diana that he will be best remembered for. “Candle in the Wind” was originally written by John and Bernie Taupin for his album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” in honor of Marilyn Monroe. He rewrote the song to commemorate the life of Princess Diana, a close friend of John’s. The song went on to be the best-selling charting single ever, and the second best-selling single of all time (Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the first, but was released before music charts were around).

Elton’s ravishing style of dress also garnered popularity. Known for his signature sunglasses and sparkly suits, John revolutionised the fashion industry. To this very day, he serves as a muse to fashion designers, most notably Gucci. Alessando Michele, the creative director for Gucci, has taken inspiration from John’s lavish outfits to his latest collection. They will also be designing his entire wardrobe for his tour.

Elton John has, no doubt, lived his life ten-fold. From custom Gucci rhinestone suits to daisy dukes, it seems as though he has done it all. Somehow, the 70 year-old still has the same spunk he did when he was just a twenty-three year old singing “Your Song.”