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Elton Can’t Watch Lennon Concert Footage

Elton John
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Elton John says that he can’t watch the footage featuring him performing with John Lennon in his current Las Vegas show, according to During Elton’s performance of his 1982 Lennon tribute “Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny),” the screens flash the only known footage of the pair performing on Thanksgiving night — November 28th, 1974.

Elton revealed to Entertainment Weekly: “I don’t look back when I’m playing that song — if I see the footage of John, I get choked up and it’s too hard to get through the song. I miss him so much. He was a force of nature, and you don’t get many of those. And you sure as hell miss them when they leave.” In addition to the fan-shot Super 8 footage of Elton and Lennon, the nightly tribute features rare and never-before-seen photos of the pair.

Elton John North American tour dates (subject to change):
October 17 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
November 8 – Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
November 9 – Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center
November 12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
November 14 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 16 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
November 22 – Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
November 23 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
November 24 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
November 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
November 30 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
December 3, 4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena

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