Taken from his 2021 number one album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, Elton John and Stevie Wonder share the music video for their collaboration ‘Finish Line’, which is available to watch today.
Following Elton John’s incredible run of success with ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, including a UK number one album and number one single for Cold Heart (PNAU remix) with Dua Lipa, much like the current themes surrounding the album, ‘Finish Line’ poignantly provides hope in times of darkness.
Collaborating with music icon Stevie Wonder, the track is visualised by director Zach Sekuler through a montage of video footage and images varying through the decades depicting pivotal moments of life. Rising with birth, to a baby’s first steps, marriage, to the solace of retirement. Heart-rendering clips take centre stage through the destruction of COVID in everyday settings and the heroic work of front-line workers across the world. Whilst glimmers of Stevie Wonder and Elton John’s life-long companion and showmanship filter throughout, order begins to restore, as clips of a somewhat post-pandemic normality emerges.
Elton will also be releasing a limited edition lavender LP of The Complete Thom Bell Sessions as part of this year’s Record Store Day 2022. It’s six tracks mark the first time Elton recorded with legendary Philadelphia soul writer, arranger and producer Thom Bell.
Recorded in 1977, three of the six tracks were released two years later – remixed by Elton and Clive Franks – on a 12” EP. Of those songs, ‘Mama Can’t Buy You Love’ gave Elton his first US Top Ten hit in three years. In the UK, the EP’s other key track, ‘Are You Ready For Love’, was picked up by DJs in the early 00s and became a smash: giving Elton his sixth UK No.1 single in 2003.
You can get a copy from a participating indie record store near you on April 23, 2022.
Elton John will play 40+ arena dates in North America through April 2022 before embarking to Europe to kick off his stadium run and remaining arena dates. This summer, Elton will take his final bow in North America, playing in major stadiums in cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, East Rutherford, Chicago and more. The North American stadium run will kick off at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on July 15, 2022, before concluding with back-to-back performances at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on November 19 and 20, 2022 — commemorating his iconic performance at the historic venue in October 1975. 2023 kicks off with two shows in Auckland New Zealand on January 27 and 28, followed by soon-to-be-announced dates in Australia as well as arena dates across the continent of Europe before the epic 4-year tour formally concludes later that year. Please visit www.EltonJohn.com/Tours for more details on the previously announced dates.
Recently winning the 2021 iHeartRadio “Golden Icon” Award, the tour has also received top accolades including the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Award for “Tour Of The Year,” 2020 Pollstar “Major Tour of the Year” and the 2019 Billboard Music Award for the “Top Rock Tour.” The Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off to a sold out crowd on September 8, 2018 and has since received rave reviews around the world. The critically acclaimed show takes the audience on a magical journey through his incredible 50-year career with never-before-seen-photos and videos, all set to the tune of some of Elton’s most beloved songs from his legendary catalogue including, “Bennie and the Jets,” “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Philadelphia Freedom.”
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