Elton John kicks off his three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour next week, starting with a show in Allentown on Sunday and then playing the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.
And already, the British piano man is in a Philly state of mind. John has recently used his Rocket Hour show on Apple Beats 1 radio to sing the praises of 215 piano-pounder Adam Weiner and his raucous rock-and-roll band Low Cut Connie, and this week he goes full Philly.
When not paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, he's expounding on the virtues of Philadelphia soul, and spinning many of his favorite TSOP sides.
On Rocket Hour, presented at noon on Saturday for Apple Music subscribers and available for free live streaming at apple.co/B1_EltonLive, he talks about playing the old original Electric Factory when he was on his way up as an artist, and how much Phillly music has meant to him over the year.
Here's a transcript from the show: