Elton John’s new archival concert footage series ‘Elton John: Classic Concert Series’ has arrived. Set to follow some of Elton’s most monumental concerts from 1976 to 2001, new episodes of ‘Classic Concert’ will premiere each Sunday on Elton’s official YouTube channel. We’re keeping this post updated as new episodes release.
The final episode of the ‘Classic Concert’ series features performances of ‘Sacrifice’ and other fan-favourites from Elton’s 2000 performance at The Great Amphitheatre. Elton shared on Instagram, “So here it is, the final show of my Classic Concert Series. I hope you have all enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed reminiscing about these shows. The final concert is from The Great Theatre in Ephesus, an ancient Greek amphitheatre dating back more than 2,000 years. With just my piano for company and such a beautiful setting, this was an intimate show that I will never forget. 🚀”
Watch Elton’s performance from The Great Amphitheatre, Ephesus, Turkey below!
The Great Amphitheatre, Ephesus, Turkey | 2001
Madison Square Garden | 2000
Elton shared on Instagram, “@BillyJoel and I played together a lot in the ‘90s and ‘00s, on the ‘Face to Face’ tours, but it was great fun to have him perform ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ with me at @TheGarden in 2000. Madison Square Garden is one of my favourite venues in the world to play and I hope you enjoy watching my 2000 show on YouTube later today 🚀”
Estadio do Flamengo, Rio, Brazil | 1995
Elton shared on Instagram, “The first time I ever played in Brazil was on this tour for ‘Made In England’ in 1995, firstly in São Paulo and then at this show in Rio. The way the crowd welcomed me was astonishing! 🇧🇷“
Arena di Verona, Italy | 1989
Elton shared on Instagram, “I love this version of ‘Sad Songs (Say So Much)’ from my show at the Arena di Verona in 1989. With my backing singers, we injected some Gospel Soul into ’Sad Songs’, bringing the spirit of the Deep South into a 2000-year-old amphitheatre! Gospel, Soul and Country are among my favourite types of music. Their emotional powers reach down deep inside my heart.”
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia | 1986
Elton shared on Instagram, “Three weeks after this show, I was booked in to have throat surgery and was worried I would never sing again. Well, if that was to be the case, I was going to go out on a high! The outfits Bob Mackie designed for me were typically fabulous and I’m incredibly proud of how well Bernie and my songs translated to being performed with the 88-piece Melbourne Sydney Orchestra.”