We love a good country cover of a classic pop song. It often shows us how close ’70s and ’80s pop music is to country music. And country artists have recorded or participated in incredible tribute albums to those icons.
In the early ’90s, country stars covered tunes like “Take It Easy,” “Desperado,” and “Lyin’ Eyes” for the album “Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles.” In 2012, Lionel Richie invited his country pals to sing some of his biggest hits with him for the album “Tuskeegee.” And in 2014, Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes and the Band Perry participated in a revised edition of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
Sadly, we have learned that after 50 years of touring Elton John is bidding goodbye to the yellow brick road with a farewell tour that will begin this year and wrap in 2021.
Even if you aren’t an Elton John fan, you’ve likely heard songs like “Crocodile Rock” at wedding receptions. Or maybe you remember “Candle In the Wind,” written in honor of Marilyn Monroe but performed in tribute to Princess Diana after her passing. He is also the creative mastermind behind the award-winning soundtrack for the hit Disney film, “The Lion King,” composing every song, including the hits “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” And who can forget his extensive dueling piano “Face to Face” tours with another great piano man, Billy Joel.
Or maybe, if you’ve been to a Tim McGraw show, you’ve heard the country star sing Elton’s “Tiny Dancer.”
Tim and his band covered the song on his 2002 album, “Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors,” and then in January of 2013, he had the incredible opportunity to perform the song with Sir Elton John himself.
With Sir Elton announcing his retirement from the road, we are likely to see many more tributes to this legendary artist who influenced so many genres with his award-winning singing and songwriting. On Sunday night, Jan. 28, at the Grammy Awards, however, we’ll see country music’s cousin, Miley Cyrus, take the honor of performing with the knighted entertainment legend.
Two days later, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Maren Morris will take part in “Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A Grammy Salute” at Madison Square Garden, where they will perform selections from the history-maker’s songbook. The concert is being recorded to be aired later on CBS.
If you do want to catch Sir Elton John live on his final concert tour, you’ll obviously have plenty of opportunities to do so and can maybe even build a killer vacation around some of the dates because, in addition to touring all over the United States and North America, the singer will also be performing in Europe. He’ll also be visiting the Middle East, Asia, South America and Australasia. The initial run of dates, which extends into 2019, along with ticket information is available on Elton’s website.