The Time Elton John Shared The Stage With John Lennon Without Knowing It Was His Final One

There’s no doubt that Elton John is a living legend with an extraordinary music career that spans over nearly six decades. The Beatles co-lead vocalist, co-songwriter, and rhythm guitarist John Lennon is just as iconic as his fellow musician since he also made outstanding contributions to music during his tenure with the Beatles and as a solo musician before his passing.

Lucky for their audience, these two legendary musicians had the opportunity to work together on top of performing on stage. Unfortunately, although their concert back in 1974 together was a monumental moment for their fans, it also marked the very last live show of the late John Lennon. We’re here today to break down the story and the tragedy behind the show.

Elton John And John Lennon Agreed On A Bet About A Song

John Lennon released his single, ‘Whatever Gets You Thru the Night’ in 1974, and it was a huge success as it peaked at No. 1 on all three record charts, Billboard Hot 100, Cashbox, and Record World Top 100, and at No. 36 in the British singles chart. Furthermore, the single spent two weeks at No. 2 in Canada and became the 30th biggest hit of 1974.

While there’s no doubt that the track was incredibly successful, Lennon wasn’t hopeful for the single’s potential before its release. Being included on keys and vocal harmonies, his fellow musician Elton John disagreed with the former Beatle and offered a bet. If the track reached No. 1 on the charts, Lennon would play with Elton at one of his shows.

Elton John Was Joined By John Lennon On Stage

As expected, ‘Whatever Gets You Thru the Night’ topped numerous charts, and the former Beatles frontman was loyal to his bet. Therefore, when Elton John was performing at Madison Square Garden two months after the track’s release, he was joined by John Lennon on stage for a surprise guest appearance.

On November 28, 1974, the audience witnessed a magical moment as the ‘Rocket Man’ singer and the Beatles icon shared the same stage that night performing ‘Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,’ as well as the Beatles classics ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds‘ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There.’  

Even though performing live shows was a rare occasion for John Lennon at that point of his career, nobody could imagine that it would be his last concert ever. Unfortunately, the musician was murdered outside his Manhattan residence on December 8, 1980, at the young age of 40 and his show with Elton John became his last one.

You can watch a clip of that performance below.