At an intimate concert in Los Angeles Wednesday night (Jan. 13), the legendary Elton John looked both backward AND forward with a touching musical tribute to David Bowie, and rollicking duets with today’s budding pop royalty.
Mendes was up first, accompanying John for a sweet, swaying version of “Tiny Dancer.”
After the duet, Shawn took to Twitter and Instagram to reflect about the “unforgettable” experience of performing with one of the all-time greats.
Next up, Lovato hopped onstage to lend some fiery passion and killer vocals to John’s 1976 hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
And Stump performed the penultimate song of the night, “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” which Fall Out Boy had previously covered.
Along with tipping his hat to the next crop of young stars, John also paid tribute to Bowie, who died on Sunday at age 69. John performed an instrumental cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” before launching into his own hit “Rocket Man,” which he dedicated to the late star.
This was John’s second performance at the Wiltern this week, after performing the night before for a SiriusXM Town Hall special. That night, he said about Bowie, “They don’t make them like that anymore. We’ve lost a huge, huge talent that influenced so many people.”