In listening to Elton John's new memoire "Me" I really enjoyed his tales from his 1979 trip to Russia. Well now the 'Rocket Man' is commemorating the 40th anniversary of that historic tour by officially releasing his May 29th, 1979 stop at Moscow’s Rossiya Hall on streaming services, as well as a two-CD set and on a double LP vinyl package, out January 24, 2020. Backed only by percussionist Ray Cooper, John became one of the first major Western pop stars, following Cliff Richard, to tour the country. Songs include "Rocket Man," “Daniel,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Skyline Pigeon” and “Take Me to the Pilot.” Russian authorities insisted he not cover the Beatles’ “Back In The U.S.S.R.,” so of course he played it at every show.
The final night was broadcast on the BBC which you can watch in its entirety, below.