Elton John has resumed his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour of the US just hours after a frightening situation forced his private plane to make an emergency landing in the UK.
The legendary rocker wowed New York crowds at famed Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, playing many of his hit songs that made him a music icon.
It would take perseverance and a change of plane for John to get to Manhattan in time for the show following his terrifying in-flight drama, which was triggered by a hydraulic failure on his private jet as he traveled from the UK to the US.
Back on stage: Elton John, 74, looked full of energy for his show at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Tuesday hours after his private plane had to make an emergency landing in the UK
The singer’s plane was about an hour’s flight from Farnborough Airport in Hampshire on Monday for the sold-out concert when the pilots decided they had to return due to a problem with the hydraulic systems on the plane. ‘plane.
They were flying about 10,000 feet above Ireland at the time of the initial emergency.
Things got even scarier when 80-mile-per-hour winds from Storm Franklin forced the pilot to abort the emergency landing twice.
A witness said the plane was ‘shaking from side to side’ as it came in to land, according to the Times News UK.
A host of hits: The legendary rocker played many of his familiar hit songs adorned in a black and white coat set that included matching goggles
The day before, John’s private plane was about an hour’s flight from Farnborough Airport in Hampshire en route to New York when the pilots decided they had to return due to a problem with the hydraulic systems from the plane.
John’s plane would eventually land safely on a third attempt, with the emergency services all gathered around the runway as a precaution.
“The pilot made a flatter approach and the wind had dropped slightly. Everyone watching was extremely relieved,” said witness Philip Thomson, a plumber who was working at the time.
A source told The Sun that John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) was “shaken” by the incident moments after stepping out of the £66million Bombardier Global Express jet.
After the incident, the legendary songwriter hopped on another plane to the United States to ensure he was in the country in time for his performance at Madison Square Garden.
Terrifying: Things got even scarier for John and company when 80-mile-per-hour winds from Storm Franklin forced the pilot to twice abort the emergency landing
Shaken but not deterred: A source told The Sun that John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) was ‘shaken’ by the incident moments after stepping out of the £66million Bombardier Global Express jet; he would later board another plane to arrive in time for the New York show
The veteran entertainer apparently didn’t let the horrific incident affect his stage presence as fans took to social media to praise the show.
He looked full of energy when he and his band launched into the first set, Bennie And The Jets.
Decked out in a white and black patterned coat outfit with tails and large white-rimmed glasses, the British-born star would go on to deliver many of his most recognizable songs, including Philadelphia Freedom, I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Sad Songs (Say So Much), Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Energized: The veteran performer apparently didn’t let the horrific incident affect his stage presence as fans took to social media to praise the show which opened with his classic song, Benny And The Jets
Long break: The Hall of Famer had just resumed their Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on January 19 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a hip injury
After kicking off in September 2018, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which was to be its final world tour, was temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic following its show in Sydney, Australia, on March 7, 2020.
The nearly two-year hiatus between shows on the tour was also due to John having undergone surgery on his injured hip, which happened when he “felt awkwardly on a hard surface”.
Despite intensive physiotherapy and specialist treatment, the pain continued to worsen, making it harder to move, ultimately prompting him to make the decision to push the tour back to 2022.
Farewell: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is destined to be John’s last trip around the world
More trouble: Last month the British-born star had to postpone further shows after testing positive for coronavirus
John has just resumed touring the United States after a nearly two-year hiatus with a show at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on January 19.
But he was soon expected to postpone two more tour dates on Jan. 25 and 26 in Dallas, Texas when he tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, John was fully vaccinated and received a booster, so his symptoms were only mild.
The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, a reference to John’s 1973 studio album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, is now set to cross the US and Europe twice until its end in July 2023.
Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin on more than 30 albums since 1967, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling musical artists of all time.
I’m back and ready to rock: John assured fans his show would go on as planned by posting a photo to his Instagram page on Tuesday afternoon
Back in New York: John’s Instagram post included a cartoon character of himself leaping along the tops of high-rise buildings in New York