In light of Elton John’s announcement that he is on his farewell tour, and that his July 23-24 concerts at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford will be his last in the state, I’ve put together this annotated list of all his New Jersey shows, using setlist.fm as the source.
If you think I’m missing anything, please let me know in the Comments section below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 23, 1970: Opens for Poco at Esbjornson Gymnasium at Glassboro State College (now known as Rowan University, Glassboro.
Aug. 27, 1971: Wildwood Convention Hall. Hookfoot opens.
Aug. 28, 1971: Convention Hall, Asbury Park.
Aug. 4 and 6-7, 1989: Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford.
May 18-20, 1990: Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City. These were the venue’s first concerts. (I vividly remember seeing Trump and John walk together through the casino, on their way to the arena, before the first show.)
July 22, 24, 26 and 28-29, 1994: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford. With Billy Joel. They perform both together and separately, and team up for covers such as The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” Little Richard’s “Lucille” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire.”
Aug. 11-12, 1995: Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre, Camdem.
April 19, 2000: Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton.
April 6, 11 and Oct. 2, 4 and 8, 2002: At Continental Airlines Arena (formerly Brendan Byrne Arena), East Rutherford. With Billy Joel. They perform both together and separately. “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Great Balls of Fire” again appear as joint covers.
Nov. 15, 2003: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
Oct. 7, 2006: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
July 19, 2008: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
March 2, 2019: Prudential Center, Newark.
Feb. 25, 2022: Prudential Center, Newark. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” dedicated to the people of Ukraine.
July 23-24, 2022: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford.
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