Elton John has a lot to be thankful for in life as the holiday season quickly approaches. The famous pianist and singer remains one of rock’s most beloved performers and is currently playing for packed arenas with his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which began earlier this fall. As Elton John starts to close out the touring side of his legendary career, fans are welcomed to look back at his extraordinary musical journey by way of recreated flashbacks, as seen in a new holiday commercial from British department store John Lewis & Partners. You can watch the video below.
Elton John – “Your Song – John Lewis & Partners Christmas Commercial
[Video: John Lewis & Partners]
The new ad takes viewers and fans through the re-enacted life of Elton John as his famous ballad, “Your Song“, plays throughout the storyline. The clip begins at present day with Elton sitting at his piano with a Christmas tree all lit up and ready for Santa to arrive. The uninspired John then begins playing those recognizable opening notes to the 1970 single as viewers are gradually taken back through highlight moments from his career. The first chapter in this feel-good flashback starts with him performing for fans at his more recent Million Dollar Piano Residency in Las Vegas, followed by gradually-younger shots of true-to-life concert tours and outfits, including his pink mohawk stage look circa 1986.
The storyline continues in revising the days when John sold out entire stadiums and held swanky parties inside his decked-out tour airplane, while the audio noticeably changes to a higher vocal register from his younger years as the commercial continues. The ad even falls silent in taking viewers into the isolated recording studio as John is seen laying down vocal tracks for the original recording. The emotional peak of the commercial at the end, with John portrayed as a young boy coming down the stairs on Christmas morning and unwrapping a piano with his mother and grandmother looking on.
According to a statement shared from John, the tear-jerking commercial acted as “a lovely opportunity for me to reflect on my life in music and the incredible journey I have been on, and how first playing my Grandmother’s piano marks the moment when music came into my life.”
John’s lengthy farewell tour picks up again later next week following a Thanksgiving break with a run of scheduled performances throughout Florida and across the southeast U.S. as it heads into the final stretch of 2018 shows. The tour is scheduled to continue until his final performances in Liverpool and London come December 2020. For a full list of his upcoming shows, head to his website here.