Elton John skips his annual Oscar watch party to play Lincoln Sunday | The music

Elton John is hosting his annual AIDS Foundation Oscar Watch Party in Los Angeles on Sunday, the affair which will be co-hosted by Lady Gaga, featuring a performance by Brandi Carlisle and a star-studded guest list that has in the past included the the likes of Steven Spielberg and Bruce Springsteen.

But, for the first time in 30 years, Elton will not be at the party. He’ll be in Lincoln and taking the stage at Pinnacle Bank Arena around the same time the first Oscars are handed out.

“It breaks my heart but I can’t be there because it’s an event that means so much to us,” John said during a virtual interview with Good Morning America last week.

But the Oscars were delayed by a month due to the omicron surge and John had already rescheduled the final US indoor leg of the pandemic-postponed ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’, which was closed in March 2020.

So he’ll be in Lincoln, not LA on Oscar night, celebrating his life and music with more than 12,000 Nebraskans and no movie stars.

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John was due to play Pinnacle Bank Arena for the second time on June 9, 2020, just over a year after bidding farewell to Omaha with an exhilarating 2 hour, 45 minute performance at a sold-out CHI Health Center in February. 2019.

This show spanned his career, starting with 1970s “Border Song,” which included most of his 70s greatest hits, and then moved on to the 80s and 90s songs that his audience demanded to hear.

John performed them all with enthusiasm and enthusiasm.

Sunday’s show will likely be similar to Omaha’s performance. But it will almost certainly include a new song, “Cold Heart,” his collaboration with Dua Lipa that mixes his singles “Rocket Man,” “Sacrifice,” “Kiss the Bride,” and the album track “Where’s the Shoorah? “

It’s taken from his pandemic-recorded duets album, “The Lockdown Sessions,” and features Rina Sawayama, SG Lewis, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, and Lit Nas X. “Cold Heart” reached No. English pop charts last fall, making John, who turns 75 on Friday, the first artist in UK history to score a Top 10 single in six different decades.

This is just one of the mind-boggling numbers associated with John.

It had 56 top 40 singles in the United States, fifth all-time. It would take more than five hours to perform all these songs in concert. He has sold over 300 million albums worldwide. And 25 of his albums have gone platinum, acknowledging sales of 1 million copies or more.

Seven of his albums reached number 1 in three years, from 1972 to 1975, a period of concentrated success matched only by the Beatles.

And, at 33 million copies, “Candle in the Wind” is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

After Sunday, only 15 indoor shows in the United States will remain on the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour”.

But John will be on the yellow bricks for over a year, playing in England and Europe, plus a swing at 15 US stadiums, before returning to Europe for his final shows, the last now scheduled for July 8, 2023 in Stockholm.

Unlike many of his peers who “retire” and then return – we’re looking at you, Cher with bands like The Who and The Eagles – John insists that the end of the five-year “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is, in fact, his final farewell to the road.

“I can assure you this is the last tour,” John told UK radio Hits last year. “I’ll do charity shows if asked, but I’m not going back on tour. I need to be with my family. My boys will be teenagers.

“I’ll still be doing music. I’ll still be doing my radio stuff and whatever, but you know I’ve been playing music since I was 17 professionally. It’s been 57. It’ll be 59 in the I’ve had enough applause, I can’t put on a better show than the one I’m doing and so I’m really, really, really adamant that I’m not going back on tour. I can not.”

That means Sunday will be John’s fourth and final performance at Lincoln, a show he’ll likely remember because of where he wasn’t that night.

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