Elton John is 'choking up' during emotional farewell speech
HAVING shared a stage with Sir Elton John for two decades, John Mahon says he is amazed by the "overwhelming emotion and sentiment" of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.
Currently on the European leg in France, he said the realisation of Elton's final on-stage farewell is equally apparent for the fans.
Elton he said "is being met with three minute long standing ovations", as a tribute and show of gratitude to the icon's illustrious musical career.
"I am seeing Elton choke up with emotion in certain places in songs that he has never done in the past," Mahon said.
"It means a lot to him. These farewell concerts are a great show of passion for music by all.
"The receptions have been incredibly crazy, standing ovations that go on, and on, and on. It's amazing the emotion that's on show, of audiences showing their gratitude - showing how much they love Elton.
"It's been happening about halfway through the shows, before Elton introduces our band he has a speech that he does showing appreciation to the fans for supporting him in every possible way.
"The reaction to his words is simply amazing.
"Yeah, you know it's the fan reaction that keeps Elton's energy up.
"He is incredibly, super passionate about the music. Any music he hears he loves, he brings that passion to the stage, he's just so incredibly talented, you can't help but be inspired by that and he digs it when we (the band) are good. We have more fun on stage when we deliver our best."
Elton John says he wants to quit the road after more than half a century on tour to spend more time with his family.
At 72 years of age, and on a three-year, 300+ show farewell, this tour also signposts an entertainer's reluctance to quit the scene. It's the ultimate performer's send-off.
Sure he mightn't be as energetic as he once was, and relies on Mahon, his harmony vocalist and percussionist, to hit the high registers in hits like Tiny Dancer, but as the super fast selling pre-sale tickets for the Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour showed this week, his appeal live in concert is ageless.
In a memorable interview in 1975, Elton was once asked what rock and roll meant to him. He simply replied "Having a bloody good time" - something Australia is assured of with his arrival Down Under.