Nov 25, 2022 12:37 p.m
Sir Elton John is known to be a big fan of the Christmas season.
And Elton John stepped into Christmas early this year by delivering a very special gift to fans in New York City.
Just days after his very last (official) show in the US on Sunday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, which was livestreamed worldwide, Elton changed his mind significantly.
The legendary songwriter decided it would only be fair to perform one last time in his beloved Big Apple and decided to wave goodbye one last time.
And his impromptu appearance was obviously unexpected, as it left Christmas shoppers stunned.
Fifth Avenue comes alive during the festive season, and famed retailer Saks’ is known for its iconic, glittering window displays.
But this year, to mark their annual unveiling, they added a little extra sparkle by inviting Elton to perform one of his most famous hits.
Every year, the busy street’s department store attracts millions of tourists from all over the world who come to see the iconic decorations.
But in typical Elton fashion, he made himself the center of attention ahead of his stunning performance.
To get his grand piano into the store, traffic on Manhattan’s 49th Street had to be completely halted as it rolled down Fifth Avenue.
It’s not like Elton – one of the greatest music divas of all time – ever causes a stir, is it?
Accompanied by his two children and husband David Furnish, his brief appearance was worth the excitement, at least for his shocked fans.
“It means a lot to me to have your support,” Elton told the audience ahead of his impromptu set.
He also revealed that Saks had donated $1 million to his Rocket Fund AIDS charity.
“Thank you very much, I am delighted to start the holiday season tonight and to be a part of this spectacular and iconic window unveiling and light show.”
After winding up the scintillating piano notes of his trademark “Your Song,” Elton continued with a full solo performance.
It wasn’t the only spectacular moment though – the famous exhibition paid tribute to the legendary artist and projected rocket ships onto the side of the building.
As Your Song drew to a close, lavish department store Christmas lights came on before a breathtaking fireworks display wowed the audience.
Elton is wrapping up his belated Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in 2023, having recently taken the stage at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, where his 1975 show was considered the highlight of his career.
Always someone to get in the Christmas spirit, maybe not quite ready to say goodbye to America just yet.