Elton John Salutes Manchester & London Attack Victims During First Shows in Two Months

by Music-News.com Newsdesk and VVN Music

Elton John paid tribute to victims of the London and Manchester attacks as he returned to performing following his illness.

The Rocket Man singer dedicated his hit I Want Love to those who were affected by the bomb blast at Manchester Arena on May 22 and the van and knife attack in London on Saturday (June 3) during his show at the County Cricket Ground in Derby, England on Sunday.

"It would be remiss of me to not mention these events," he said, according to the Derby Telegraph. "It was a tragic and awful thing to happen. We live in really strange times. A song can be remembered forever but it cannot replace a loved one."

His remarks were very similar to the tribute he gave at Twickenham Stoop Stadium in London on Saturday, hours before the London attack, where a white van crashed into pedestrians on London Bridge before three men went on a knife rampage.

The Twickenham show marked Elton's return to performing after he was hospitalized at the end of April after contracting a "potentially deadly" bacterial infection a tour in South America and was forced to cancel a series of concerts.

Towards the start of the show, he told fans, "It's nice to be back at the piano" and admitted "at one point it was touch and go whether I'd ever be here." He later confessed to the crowd that he was "so, so nervous" about his return to the stage, before adding, "but it has been an amazing show."

The 70-year-old also paid tribute to his family and invited his sons Zachary, six, and Elijah, four, onto the stage. Video footage posted on social media shows him hugging them as they wave to the audience before scurrying off back into the wings.

Ahead of his return to the stage, a statement on his website announced that there would be extra security checks on entry and large bags would not be allowed in to his shows. His tour continues in Birmingham, England on Wednesday.

Elton John @ Twickenham Stoop, Twickeham, England (June 3, 2017)

Main Set
  • The Bitch Is Back (from Caribou, 1974)
  • Bennie and the Jets (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
  • I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues (from Too Low For Zero, 1983)
  • Take Me to the Pilot (from Elton John, 1970)
  • Daniel (from Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, 1973)
  • Looking Up (from Wonderful Crazy Night, 2016)
  • A Good Heart (from Wonderful Crazy Night, 2016)
  • Philadelphia Freedom (single, 1975)
  • Tiny Dancer (from Mandman Across the Water, 1971)
  • Levon (from Mandman Across the Water, 1971)
  • Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (from Honky Chateau, 1972)
  • I Want Love (from Song From the West Coast, 2001)
  • Have Mercy on the Criminal (from Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, 1973)
  • Your Song (from Elton John, 1970)
  • Burn Down the Mission (from Tumbleweed Connection, 1970)
  • Sad Songs (Say So Much) (from Breaking Hearts, 1984)
  • Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (from Caribou, 1974)
  • I'm Still Standing (from Too Low For Zero, 1983)
  • Crocodile Rock (from Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, 1973)
  • Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll) (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
  • Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
  • Candle in the Wind (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)

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