That Time Elton John Surprised London Commuters

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Elton John performing at London's St Pancras International station on February 4, 2016 (screen grab)

Elton John performing at London’s St Pancras International station on February 4, 2016 (screen grab)

Several hundred London commuters at the St Pancras International train station were treated to a surprise performance by Elton John on February 4, 2016. The legend, promoting his Wonderful Crazy Night album (via Island Records), sat down in front of a piano and banged out an instrumental medley of many of the well known songs from his classic rock catalog.

He kicked things off with “Looking Up,” the first single from the album and then segued into “Tiny Dancer.”

When he finished and the lucky crowd cheered, the performer stood up and signed the new Yamaha piano saying:

John signing the Yamaha piano which he donated to the station

John signing the Yamaha piano which he donated to the station

“My gift to the station, OK?” As the crowd’s applause increased, he added an enthusiastic “Thank you!”

John co-wrote all 10 tracks on Wonderful Crazy Night with long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin, and the album was co-produced with T Bone Burnett, who also worked on his last release, 2013’s The Diving Board. Where that one was more of a personal parlor record, Wonderful Crazy Night is the sort of upbeat rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza its title suggests, fueled by fierce guitar and piano motifs.

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Here’s the London train station performance. How many of the songs can you name?

On January 24, 2018, John announced his final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which will last for roughly three years. Tickets are available here and here.

Elton John’s longtime band features Nigel Olsson (part of Elton’s original three-piece band) on drums, Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with John in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, John Mahon on percussion, Kim Bullardon keyboards, Matt Bissonette on bass, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.

Related: Our review of Elton John in Vegas

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