About a week since Elton John performed his last concert at Glastonbury 2023, special guest Stephen Sanchez has revealed that the singer-songwriter has changed his concert plans at the last minute.
The 20-year-old musician joined the “Rocketman” on stage during his performance on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday (June 25) and the pair duetted on their own TikTok hit “Until I Got I’m You.”
He was one of four special guests joining the music icon for the evening, and the show was Sir Elton’s last scheduled performance on his massive “Farewell” tour, which saw him play more than 350 concerts over the five years.
Now, about a week after the legendary performance, Sánchez has revealed that he and Sir Elton were due to play the latter’s 1983 hit “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”, but the pianist the decision is ultimately void. minute.
“We had spent weeks [preparándolo] and then he came to see me and the guys at the Troubadour,” Sanchez told Rolling Stone. “The next week, he called me and said, ‘Stephen, I had an idea. I don’t want you to sing one of my songs. I think it would be much better if you sing your song and we give you this great moment for you and your career.’
“His selflessness and desire to bring in new artists and new music.”
As well as all of his most famous songs, including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “Candle In The Wind”, “Rocketman” and “Your Song”, Sir Elton enlisted the Jacob Lusk Gabriels collaboration on “Is You’re Ready For Love”, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers on “Tiny Dancer” and Rina Sawayama, a duet, on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.
Elsewhere in the interview, Sánchez reflected on the musician’s enthusiasm for drawing attention to new artists, describing how it felt to perform in front of so many people.
“I knew what that would mean for our careers and I knew it would be great to be his last show in the UK. He wants to be other artists and pass the torch, if wish you. It’s incredible. It was a great honor,” he said. .
“When you’re on the Step of the Pyramid and you hear all these voices yelling at you, it’s almost like it wraps around you and it feels spiritual. It’s very, very wild, a visual memory of a sea of heads and faces and people with their own lives and memories. I’m still a little beyond the clouds.”
Shortly after his performance, it was reported that Sunday’s performance had broken the BBC’s audience record, with 7.3 million viewers.
In a five-star review, NME described the concert as “one of the best in the festival’s history”.
“The public is present of all ages, with the youngest singing even louder for a simple reason: Elton’s music is timeless and travel. One song after another, without rest,” he read.
“We’re spoiled tonight. Sparrows light up the sky, friends join them, and an epic fireworks finale brings us to a dramatic finale with “Rocket Man.” stretched out and smiling) all you need. The songs and your heart do the part else. Everyone’s on your side. Go ahead Reg.”