- 26 Jun 23
The Pyramid Stage was headlined by Elton John last night for his final show in the UK.
“My next guest, I first met in 2005 when I started playing Las Vegas," Elton said, while introducing Flowers. "He came round to my hotel suite to play me his band’s first album, which was called Hot Fuss."
“We’ve been friends ever since, and he was the first person I thought of to ask to come and sing with me, even though he’s played Glastonbury six times with The Killers. So I’d like to introduce my dear friend and fantastic artist, Brandon Flowers!”
Brandon Flowers joining Elton John onstage for Tiny Dancer at Glastonbury tonight ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vivrymR3HN
— thekillersmusic⚡ (@tkillersmusic) June 25, 2023
The star-studded set also included pop sensation Rina Sawayama, who joined John for a rendition of ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ – the song John previously duetted on with Kiki Dee.
“When I chose my guests for this show, I wanted to have newer artists, save for one person,” John told the crowd half way into the show by way of explanation of his other guests at the show.
He laterr brought on 20-year-old Nashville-based songwriter Stephen Sanchez, a “boy I heard last year on the radio in America", to sing ‘Until I Found You’.
“I couldn’t believe that someone of 19 or 20 years old could write and sing a song like this," he added. "It was a nod to the past but it sounded so beautiful and fresh.”
Gabriels‘ dynamic frontman Jacob Lusk teamed up with John on stage, with the duo performing ‘Are You Ready For Love?’ for the first time in a while alongside the London Community Gospel Choir.
John fondly recalled Fatboy Slim “regurgitating” the hit '70s song, with the track becoming a major ’00s #1 in the UK. The British veteran artist also paid tribute to his close friend George Michael on what would have been the legend's 60th birthday.
He delivered a moving rendition of 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' in honour of the pop star.
Elton John just played his last UK show tonight at Glastonbury with an awesome tribute for George Michael on what would’ve been his 60th Birthday playing "Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me" pic.twitter.com/3XRdF6FgC3
— Wu Tang is for the Children (@WUTangKids) June 26, 2023
During his Legends’ Slot performance, Yusuf/Cat Stevens paid tribute to George Harrison with a cover of The Beatles‘ ‘Here Comes The Sun’.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor also opened the famed Pyramid Stage, though her set wasn’t live-streamed - which fans are rightly upset about.
Before John came on stage, Lil Nas X performed an incredible slot on the Pyramid Stage, featuring Jack Harlow.
— MC (@UtdMicah) June 25, 2023