Wait is worth it for thousands of Elton John fans at concert in Jacksonville

Elton John fans excited for the show

Elton John’s Farewell to the Yellow Brick Road Tour made its way to Jacksonville on Saturday night.

The concert was supposed to happen in 2020, but had to be postponed because of the pandemic.

Wendy Caldwell bought her tickets two years ago and said she almost gave up them up for a refund, but she’s glad she’s still standing.

“We’re like, ‘no way,’ she said. “‘We’re waiting. It’s definitely going to be worth it.’”

Other fans were thankful they didn’t go for the refund and were are still standing to see the show, as thousands came to Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena to see the rocket man himself.

Traffic was an issue early in the evening for concert goers, but fans were excited to see the show.

“We knew this was his last tour, so we wanted to catch him before he stopped touring,” said Jeremy Bryant.

Bryant and other fans dressed in Elton John inspired outfits.

“This was an outfit from his 1975 appearance on the Cher show,” he said.

Bryant says he traveled from Savannah to see the Farewell to the Yellow Brick Road Tour.

“I didn’t mind the drive,” he said. “I have a great group of friends.”

Fans definitely had their favorite songs they wanted to hear.

“I want to hear, ‘And you can see Daniel Waving goodbye,’” said Arden Trusty.

John Norman and Stephen Crowley both said they wanted to hear “Candle in the Wind.”

Overall, fans were thankful to Elton John on his farewell tour in Jacksonville.

“I’m a little sad he’s ending his career, but I’m so lucky to be able to see him before he ends,” said Blaise Ryndes. “It’s been a dream come true.”

Tickets ranged from $130 to close up tickets going for thousands of dollars.

“You have to end sometime and its neat Jacksonville is one of the places he’s chosen to do that,” Crowley said.

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Brie Isom joined the News4JAX team in January 2021 after spending three years covering news in South Bend, Indiana.