Elton John has performed a heartfelt tribute to to his late friend George Michael during a concert in Las Vegas.

The tearful 69-year-old performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” a song he and Michael had famously sung together in 1991. 

“I only wish George was here to sing it with me,” John told fans.

A large image of Michael was projected on the screen behind John as thousands of fans wept during the performance. 

Michael sadly died on Christmas day after reportedly suffering heart failure. 

“There were thousands of us in tears, and it was very emotional,” a concertgoer told the Daily Mail.


“Elton had sung a song in memory of John Lennon when he spoke about George Michael. After he sang for George, he turned his back on the audience and was shaking and looked like he was crying. I was in tears and so was everyone around me,” the fan continued. 

Fans were quick to post the tribute online, which received a standing ovation from the audience. 

John was one of the first to pay tribute to the singer following news off his death. He told his Instagram followers: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend — the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans.”

There are report circulating John will perform at the 53-year-old’s funeral.