Photos: Rocket Man Elton John Packs Pechanga Arena Published January 30, 2019 • Updated on March 29, 2022 at 1:25 pm Thousands of San Diego fans turned out to say farewell to Elton John's Yellow Brick Road. 20 photos 1/20 Tim Fears The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 8 of last year and made its way to San Diego on Tuesday night. 2/20 Tim Fears John's tour is expected to run into 2021. 3/20 Tim Fears John, 71, announced his impending retirement from the road last year, explaining that he wanted to spend more time with his husband and two young children. 4/20 Tim Fears The platinum-sellling Grammy-winning star treated fans at the Pechanga Arena to a 24-song mega-set. 5/20 Alex Pavlovic The first notes of the opener, "Bennie & the Jets," were heard shortly after 8 p.m.. 6/20 Tim Fears John played all the hits, including "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," "Tiny Dancer," "Philadephia Freedom" .... 7/20 Getty Images for Disney ... "Rocket Man," "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," "Levon," "Cande in the Wind" ... 8/20 Omar Bárcena/Flickr ... "Daniel," "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "The Bitch Is Back" ... 9/20 Tim Fears 10/20 Tim Fears ... "I'm Still Standing," "Crocodile Rock" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." 11/20 Tim Fears John returned to the stage for rousing encore versions of " Your Song" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." 12/20 Tim Fears John first performed in San Diego in 1972. 13/20 Tim Fears That show, too, was also performed at the Sports Arena. 14/20 Tim Fears Tuesday's show at what is now known as Pechanga Arena was one of thousands that John has sold out during his career. 15/20 Tuesday's crowd was a mix of fans both young and old. 16/20 17/20 Evan Vucci/AP The crowd joined John for sing-alongs of his hits. 18/20 19/20 John gave San Diego another unforgettable show -- and sadly, this time we can't say, "Hurry back," only "Happy retirement!" 20/20 More Photo Galleries Stormwater Pump Station G Look inside the most expensive home sold in San Diego County last month — the Crescent House mansion Photos: Dogs get tubular at 18th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Del Mar Dog Beach Ocean Beach Pier design concept 1: ‘The Braid'