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Digital Subscriptions > Classic Pop > Aug 2019 > ELTON JOHN CARDIFF CITY STADIUM

ELTON JOHN CARDIFF CITY STADIUM

AN ALL KILLER, NO FILLER SET FROM THE PIANO MAN WITH ONE OF THE FINEST BACK CATALOGUES IN ALL OF POP

15 JUNE

★★★★

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As farewell tours go, this has to be one of the most drawn out. Elton John played just two UK dates on this leg of his three-year long worldwide jaunt (in Hove and Cardiff). Fear not if you missed this round, he returns to his home country next Autumn for a 14-date run of shows.

When he announced this farewell tour last year, EJ cited the reason for bidding farewell to the live circuit was wanting to enjoy retirement and spend time with his kids, but the unease with which he moves around the stage here tells a different story. Where once he’d be darting around like a Rocketman, he now relies on a piano on a platform which moves back and forth to give more people a view of him doing his thang.

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