Without a doubt, Elton John is a man who will give the performance of his life even through the most challenging experiences. He may not be touring the world anymore, but the Rocketman graced fans with a special clip of his final Classic Concert series show in honor of his legacy.
John, 73, took to Instagram and shared a very special throwback video of him performing at The Great Theatre Ephesus in Ephesus, Turkey. This show represents his final Classic Concert performance, and clearly he’s loving every minute of being onstage.Read More
“With just my piano for company and such a beautiful setting, this was an intimate show that I will never forget,” John wrote.
John isn’t only talented, but he’s also a very dedicated performer. In 2017, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the time he was located in Las Vegas for a performance residency. He underwent surgery for treatment, but side-effects to prostate cancer surgery often include problem urinating. He wasn’t going to let that stop him from performing, because John revealed to talk show host Graham Norton that he wore a diaper on stage after his surgery while performing in Vegas. Additionally, during his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” the singer had to cut his performance in New Zealand short due to pneumonia symptoms which caused him to lose his voice.
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So here it is, the final show of my Classic Concert Series. I hope you have all enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed reminiscing about these shows. The final concert is from The Great Theatre in Ephesus, an ancient Greek amphitheatre dating back more than 2,000 years. With just my piano for company and such a beautiful setting, this was an intimate show that I will never forget. 🚀
How Cancer Survivors Used Music As Therapy
Enjoying artistic outlets such as music is a common theme among those going through cancer treatment. This was certainly the case for two-time cancer survivor Joel Naftelberg, whose love of music helped him cope with battling both pancreatic and liver cancer and learn to appreciate the precious moments in life.
“I have found music and rock and roll to be transformational,” says Joel. “[It] doesn’t necessarily solve anything, but it does let us dance on our problems for at least an hour or two. Nothing better on a Friday afternoon than to hang with your friends and listen to beautiful music.”
It’s not surprising Naftelberg used music as a way to dance away his problems, as he says he’s surrounded by friends who are remarkable musicians. So, despite going through a difficult challenge such as two separate cancer diagnoses, Joel handles it one day at a time and, of course, by making time to feed his love of music.