Rock legend says farewell with “Final Curtain”


Derek Munyon

Arts & Entertainment Editor

In 1969, the album “Empty Sky” was released. This was the first of over 29 albums and countless hits
for British pianist and singer Elton John.

John became well known for his rollicking piano tunes and elaborate stage costumes, especially
through the 1970’s. Oct. 3 is the last time you’ll be able to catch Elton John in Omaha at the Century Link Center.

The show is part of his “Final Curtain Tour,” which is supposedly John’s final tour so he can spend more time with his husband and two sons.

In order to prepare for the show on Oct. 3, here are three Elton John albums you need to know…

1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

This album is arguably John’s most well known, and there’s a reason for that. Despite containing some of his biggest singles, like “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and the titular “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” this double album is incredibly solid overall. The epic opener “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” is the perfect track to get you started on this energetic record. The album is on “The Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time.

2. Honky Chateau (1972)

This album includes the singles “Rocket Man (I Think it’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time),” and “Honky Cat.” The album also includes one of Johns’ most sarcastic tongue-in-cheek songs, “I Think I’m Going to Kill Myself,” which talks humorously about the thoughts a moody teen who contemplates suicide because he’s not getting his way.

3. Madman Across the Water (1971)

This album is another fairly jaunty and fun album. This one includes the singles “Levon” and “Tiny
Dancer.” A fair amount of the lyrics on this record are a bit nonsensical, however, the memorable and playful melodies make the album one to play on repeat.

Elton John’s farewell tour comes to the Century Link Center on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are one sale now starting at $60.