Sir Elton John Closes Bonnaroo With A Bang!

June 20, 2014

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More than ten thousand campers, four days, and more than one hundred acts; I could only be talking about the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Several months ago I brought you an article featuring some of the A-list acts that would grace Bonnaroo the weekend of  June 12. From Kanye, to Chance the Rapper, to Wiz Khalifa, to none other than Elton John closing out the four-day weekend festival.

“This is my first ever festival in America. And I heard it’s the best one.”

As unbelievable as it might be, these were the words that John kicked off his set with. Despite the fact the audience that had waited for over twelve hours, John did not disappoint in his closing show.

Sir Elton began the set with eleven minutes of “Funeral of a Friend” and “Love Lies Bleeding”, after he complied two more hits; ” Candle in the Wind” and “Benny and the Jets” (A personal favorite of mine). “Tiny Dancer” came next and it was clearly a favorite in the audience as recording devices of all types swam in the air.  In addition, members of the audience also showed appreciation as they released illuminated balloons in the sky as he performed his hit “Rocketman”. Returning the favor, John brought out a special surprise guest, Nashville piano star Ben Folds, who joined him during the “Grey Seal” performance.

But, perhaps the most touching and meaningful performance from John that night was the performance he dedicated to the late Casey Kasem, known widely for voicing the popular Shaggy Rogers  in the animated classic, Scooby-Doo. Kasem passed early Sunday morning and John took to his true specialty to honor him. Sir Elton sang the song “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” in honor of Casey.

John pushed through his performance and kept the set going simply because of the feedback he received from his fans, and he let them know so by the end of the show. The cheers went well into the night and when they refused to die down John exited the stage. Only to return and play two last songs for his fans. The two songs that every Elton John fan knows and loves. “Your Song” and “Crocodile Rock”, the two songs that single-handily began his career.

It was clear that Bonnaroo was special to Sir Elton as he took pride in every single song that he sang. He knew that this show reached his younger generation of fans, particularly his college kid fans.

Once he performed his final song, John showed his appreciation and told fans;

” We will never forget tonight.”

Did you happen to attend Bonnaroo and catch Sir Elton John close out the weekend?! Let us know what you thought of the performances of the weekend @weknowthedj!

-Dominique H. (@nique1992)

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