Elton John surprises fans at Toronto pop-up while in town for final tour
Published Monday, October 21, 2019 7:59PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:21PM EDT
Elton John is set to perform in Toronto for the last two times this week.
“It’s been the most fantastic journey possible,” the British pop superstar said.
“I’m 72 years of age, I had the best year of my life professionally this year with the tour, the film, the book and ‘The Lion King’ coming out so it’s been an amazing year and I’m so grateful.”
John sat down for an exclusive interview with etalk’s Danielle Graham ahead of his shows at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday and Thursday night.
During the interview, he reflected on his “best year ever,” but admitted to a few missteps along the way.
“I mean – I regret the drugs, I regret the behaviour, but it got me to where I am now and where I am now is the happiest I’ve ever been.”
John, who has been sober for 29 years now, has performed in front of crowds for more than 50 years.
“When I decided this was going to be the last hurrah, as far as touring goes, I wanted to raise the level visually, I wanted to sing better, I wanted to play better – I wanted to raise the bar.”
John said “there is no point in going out if you are just going through the motions.”
“So far, we have played 127 shows. I’m enjoying it more every night and we are playing and singing better than we ever have.”
Pop-up for fans in Toronto
While in Toronto for the tour, John stopped by his own pop-up store on Queen Street West.
Earlier this week, fans were spotted lining up for hours to get their hands on some exclusive merchandise.
But for the first 20 fans, the payoff was something very memorable. Those luck fans got the chance to meet the legendary musician and received a free autographed copy of his new autobiography “Me.”
The pop-up is open until Saturday at 8 p.m.
The etalk exclusive interview airs in three parts beginning Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on CTV.