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Elton John, 75 Rocks Dodger Stadium For the Very Last Time

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Elton John, 75 Rocks Dodger Stadium

Elton John took the stage at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in a sequined-studded baseball uniform as the world’s biggest pop star 47 years ago on Sunday night, dressed in a bedazzled Dodgers bathrobe, a uniform more fitting for a 75-year-old man on the verge of retirement.

The crowd of more than 50,000 erupted, which occurred in the final minutes of John’s final North American tour.

He stated, “I want to spend time with my family because I’ll be 76 next year.” “I want to show you why I’m retiring by bringing them out.”

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He embraced and kissed his husband, David Furnish, while his two sons, 11-year-old Zachary and 9-year-old Elijah, waved gleefully at the crowd in matching Dodgers jackets with “Elton” on the back.

The inevitable final song that gave the tour its name, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” was then performed by John.

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The crowd, full of rocket men and rocket women, blue jean babies and LA ladies, many John’s age but plenty in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, swayed and sang along to songs like “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” throughout the two-hour show. Some wiped away their tears.

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Many were dressed up in sequins and spangles, sparkling spectacles, top hats, feather boas, and, in a few cases, Donald Duck suits, representing different eras of John’s 55-year career.

“Thank you all for dressing up,” John said, “it makes me so happy when you all wear the best costumes.”

When the last song finished, John removed his robe to reveal another retirement outfit, a green-and-red tracksuit, and climbed into a small, clear elevator that lifted him into a gap in the backdrop.

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On a massive video screen, he could then be seen walking down a yellow brick road in the distance. Many others came to support Elton John on this special day.

Kiki Dee performed their duet “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

“This woman was here with me in 1975, and we sang this song,” John explained as he brought out Dee. “I invited her to recreate that incredible moment.”

As his rehearsal piano player Adam Chester pounded the keys in his place, John jumped from his usual keyboard spot, grabbed a mic, and sang and danced with Dee.

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In honour of the four bandmates who died during his career, John performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” After the first verse, he introduced another guest, shouting, “ladies and gentlemen, Brandi Carlile!”

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The moment was an unspoken tribute to another late collaborator, George Michael, who performed the song with Elton John in the same way in 1991.

Carlile, who played an important role in Joni Mitchell’s recent return to the stage, was dressed in her Dodger-themed spangled suit. As John wrapped his arm around her and soaked in the applause, she belted out her verses and made a “can you believe this?!” face to the crowd.

A drum machine pounded as Dua Lipa, dressed in a black gown that contrasted with everyone else’s sparkles, took the stage for the first of the encores, “Cold Heart,” her 2021 hit with John.

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“I can’t tell you how it feels to be 75 years old and have the world’s No. 1 record,” John said afterwards. “And 52 years ago, this was my very first hit.”

He began playing piano chords and sang, “It’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside,” the opening line to “Your Song” from the 1970s.

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“That was your song, Los Angeles!” Elton John exclaimed.

He explained the city’s significance to his music about two hours earlier, after taking the stage in a tuxedo with sequins that flared into a flame design and opening the concert with “Benny and the Jets.”

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“All right, this is a very special, emotional night for me, and it’s been a long journey, and I first came here to America in 1970 to the City of Angels, Los Angeles, and I played a club called the Troubadour.”

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The concert, live streamed on Disney+, was the last of three nights at the stadium (and his 103rd show in the LA area, he told the crowd). The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour kicked off in September 2018 with the first of over 300 planned dates. It was halted in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic but resumed in 2021.

John will travel to Australia and New Zealand in January, followed by the United Kingdom and Europe. He’s scheduled to finish in Sweden in July, but he’s made it clear that he’s only done travelling and not making music.

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Many of those backing him up have been with him since the beginning, including Nigel Olsson, his drummer since 1969, and Davey Johnstone, his guitarist since 1971, who led the band through a ripping version of “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” at the age of 71.

John also gave a rare on-stage glimpse of an even more long-running collaborator, lyricist Bernie Taupin, who wrote most of the lyrics that the audience sang along with all night.

“We’ve been writing together since 1967,” John said as he hugged Taupin, who, with his bald head and plain, earth-toned coat, couldn’t be more dissimilar to his writing partner. “We still love each other more than we ever have.”

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Meghan Markle Accused of Peddling Lies By Her Sister

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Meghan Markle’s half-sister has accused the Duchess of Sussex of being manipulative and peddling lies following the release of her latest documentary with Prince Harry.

Samantha Markle slammed the six-part Netflix docuseries, Harry and Meghan, calling it a ‘flopumentary’ that was ‘ridiculous’ and bordered on ‘comedy.’

‘It is so much rhetoric at this point, and so many lies have been thrown out there, debunked, and yet still there is this repeated need to push this narrative,’ she said on Channel Seven’s Sunrise on Friday.

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‘Harry & Meghan’ contains a string of revelations and allegations about Harry’s mother Princess Diana, how the couple met, their first dates, ‘unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family and why the Sussexes ‘had to quit’ royal duties in March 2020.

Samantha responded to claims in the documentary that she was the reason her estranged daughter Ashleigh Hale, 37, was not invited to the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018.

Samantha Markle slammed the six-part Netflix docuseries “Harry and Meghan,” calling it a “flopumentary” that was “ridiculous” and bordered on “comedy.”

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Ashleigh claimed in the documentary that Meghan told Meghan she could not attend because of her strained relationship with Samantha and ‘guidance’ from the Palace.

‘I think I said I was hurt on some level, but I understood where it was coming from,’ she explained.

‘To know that it was because of my biological mother that this relationship, that’s so important to me, was impacted in that way. I feel like because of her. It was taken away. It’s been challenging.’

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Samantha dismissed the rumours claiming the decision not to invite her daughter was ultimately up to Meghan.

‘It was really surprising to hear that there was a narrative spun that made Ashley feel like she was not invited because of something having to do with me,’ she said.

‘I heard from a royal insider who knows that it was up to Meghan, so Meghan lied to my daughter, which made my daughter resentful of me,’ she said.

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‘I can imagine how my daughter would have felt, torn between the two and possibly feeling she couldn’t attend the wedding because of me.

‘That is not correct; it is a lie.’ Meghan said that, not the Royals. She then lied to my daughter, making her believe something was wrong with her that prevented her from attending the wedding.’

As part of their $100 million deal with Netflix, the couple handed over a trove of photos and videos from their relationship. Meghan revealed details about her relationship with her niece.

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Samantha slammed comparisons made between Meghan and Princess Diana.

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In the documentary, Prince Harry claimed that he ‘had to quit royal duties to protect Meghan, comparing her to his late mother.

The Duke of Sussex compared the paparazzi following Diana to the online harassment faced by Meghan as he described her as ‘prey’ for social media ‘hunters’.

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Samantha dismissed the comparison, claiming that her sister was nothing like the late Princess.

‘Diana was never noted as a compulsive liar. Diana was never noted as destroying other people, ignoring people through heart attacks, strokes, pandemics,’ she said.

Ashleigh and Meghan opened up about their relationship in the series, with her father, Thomas Markle, initially connecting the two via email.

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As part of their $100 million deal with Netflix, the couple handed over a trove of photos and videos from their relationship.

These included snaps of Meghan with Ashleigh on a trip to New Orleans before she met Harry and Meghan standing by Ashleigh’s side on her wedding day.

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Ashleigh, a business immigration attorney who is thought to have inspired Meghan for her role in Suits, claims that she was not allowed to attend Meghan’s wedding in 2018

After Meghan emailed her niece, the two women became close, with Ashleigh claiming they exchanged ‘long emails’ several days a week.

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Meghan said: ‘My dad said that Samantha had found her daughter, and I remember saying, oh, if you have her email address, I want to email her.

‘I think we both want the same thing.’ I wished for a sister, and she was like a little sister to me.

‘Ash was put through quite a bit by the media just by association, and I didn’t want her life to be plagued with all that drama.’

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Her paternal grandparents raised Ashleigh since she was two years old, and they adopted her before reconnecting with her mother in 2007.

Ashleigh continued, ‘Communication with Meg became less and less frequent…’ my impression was that her relationships were being managed on some level.

‘She took me to New Orleans. We walked around, listened to good live music, ate too much food, and had too many drinks.

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‘It was just the two of us, which I thought was very special.’ I think she takes on a lot of roles for me.

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Cheers Star Kirstie Alley Dead at Age 71

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Kirstie Alley, the 71-year-old TV and film star best known for her roles in Cheers, Veronica’s Closet, and Look Who’s Talking, has died.

Kirstie Alley’s death was confirmed Monday night in a statement posted to her social media account by her children, True and Lillie Parker.

Kristy Alley died after being diagnosed with cancer, according to her family.

“To all our friends all over the world… “We are deeply saddened to inform you that our incredible, fierce, and loving mother has died after a brief battle with cancer,” the statement said. “Kirstie Alley was surrounded by her closest family and fought valiantly, leaving us with the certainty of her never-ending joy of life and whatever adventures lay ahead.” She was an even better mother and grandmother than on-screen.”

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“We are grateful for the care provided by the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center,” the statement continues. “Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren, and many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unrivaled and inspired us to live life to the fullest, just as she did.”

We appreciate your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Alley’s friend and Look Who’s Talking co-star John Travolta paid tribute to her on social media following the announcement. “One of the most special relationships I’ve ever had was with Kirstie.”

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“I adore you, Kirstie,” he wrote alongside a photo of the late actress. “I’m sure we’ll see each other again.”

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Harry and Meghan Netflix Trailer Slammed as ‘Staged and Phony’

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Angela Levin, a royal biographer, has slammed the release of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Netflix trailer and staged and phony and “vicious” attack on the Royal Family by a pair of “very jealous” individuals.

Ms. Levin commented during a weekend interview with The Sun, where she revealed she “felt quite sick” while watching the Sussexes’ docuseries trailer. She blasted the trailer for being “staged and phony” after discussing one of the photos used of Meghan.

The image shows the 41-year-old woman crying with her head in her hands.

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Ms. Levin responded to the question, “How do you get that photo?” by saying, “Well, you ask a photographer to come along, and then you act.” “She’s a model.”

Ms. Levin also claimed that Meghan had “been trying to get Harry to be an actor,” adding that “he can’t do it.”

The teaser trailer for the couple was released during Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales’s visit to Boston.

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Because of the timing of the release, the couple has been accused of “trying to torpedo” the royal couple’s much-anticipated trip to the United States.

“It’s a mystery why they would act that way.” It’s extremely unprofessional. It’s very deceptive. It’s extremely repulsive.

“You have to smarten up if they want people to feel sorry for them, which is part of what they want.”

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“There’s a lack of competence there.” If a newspaper did that, the reporter would be fired. You’re lying to me.

“They complain about the press manipulating things and not telling the truth, and here they are.” It’s extremely stupid.

“They are jeopardizing their entire reputation.” They must believe that we are all fools and that we would not dare to look at the pictures they have because they have placed them there.”

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In a new trailer released today, Prince Harry slammed the royal hierarchy, and Meghan sobbed, “They’re never going to protect you.”

The trailer features misleading photographs as Harry and Meghan as they describe their lives.

“It’s hard looking back and thinking, ‘what on earth happened?’” says Prince Harry.

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“There is a family hierarchy,” he adds.

“It’s a feeding frenzy, the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution.”

“I was terrified because I didn’t want history to repeat itself.”

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“I don’t imagine Harry would have realized, but Netflix have been careless here as it weakens Harry’s comment about protecting his family,” royal expert Ingrid Seward told The Sun.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have come under fire for sharing a photo that is thought to have been taken in a private area of Buckingham Palace that is never seen by the public.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been dubbed “hypocrites” for sharing Netflix footage shot near the late Queen Elizabeth II’s private apartments at Buckingham Palace.

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While the public may be familiar with certain areas of the palace, the Queen and other royals’ private apartments were completely off-limits, with the Royal Household sharing only a few photos.

On the other hand, Harry and Meghan have been chastised for filming during a trip to the United Kingdom two years after announcing their intention to relocate overseas.

The pair can be seen walking towards a set of doors with two footmen preparing to open them in the official trailer for their explosive Netflix documentary, which airs on December 8.

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On each side of the room, two chairs with initials etched into them indicate that they belong to a monarch, while a box with “Her Majesty” sits on the windowsill.

Many people have pointed out that the scene was shot on the North Side of the palace, directly beneath the Queen’s private apartments, which the late Sovereign and family members only use.

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Harry and Meghan slammed on Social Media.

Since the trailer was released, thousands of people have taken to social media to express their outrage after discovering where the photo was taken.

“Can you imagine screaming that your privacy has been violated but having the audacity to bring your photographer here of all places?” “They’re two sick people,” one grumbled.
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“It’s interesting how they always think it’s OK to violate somebody else’s privacy and then complain about being harassed over the same thing,” said another.

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“OMG, that’s terrible!! “They shouldn’t have released photos taken at private palace locations,” another said.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph claims that the Sussexes took a photograph without the late Queen’s permission.

The image was a “genuine violation” of the Queen’s privacy, according to a source, who also admitted that word would have spread quickly around the palace.

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“Aah!” said a third. But I believe they did want to film inside their own homes. Hypocrites.”

Due to “strict protocol” surrounding images in the Monarch’s private quarters, those wishing to film at any of the Monarch’s homes typically require permission.

The publication claims, however, that Buckingham Palace did not authorize the image taken in March 2020 and that “a memo” is usually sent to the Queen.

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