Bonnaroo 2014 Sunday: Elton John Dedicates Song to Casey Kasem, Arctic Monkeys Dedicate Song to Elton John

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Lyndsey Parker
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Elton John at Bonnaroo [photo: Wade Payne/Invision/AP]
Elton John at Bonnaroo [photo: Wade Payne/Invision/AP]

On Sunday morning, the voice of one of the most famous and influential radio DJs of all time, Casey Kasem, was silenced for good. And that evening at the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo, Elton John — a man who no doubt made Casey's American Top 40 countdown multiple times from the 1970s to the 2000s — paid his respects.

[Related: Casey Kasem’s Signature Sign-Off and Other Memorable Moments]

Taking the stage in a sequined "ROCKET MAN" blazer and cobalt spectacles and positioning himself behind his famous red piano, Sir Elton — playing the very first U.S. festival of his entire decade-straddling career — performed side one of his classic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road LP before telling the crowd:

"I've been doing this for a long time, and the older I get, the more I love doing it… I came to America in 1970, and I just loved every second of it. And there was one guy on the radio [in America] that passed away today. Travel safely, my angel." He then poignantly played "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" in honor of the late Casey.

For many festivalgoers who'd been off the grid all weekend, it was the first they'd heard of the sad news.

photo: Wade Payne/Invision/AP
photo: Wade Payne/Invision/AP

[Photos: Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2014]

Another highlight of Elton's two-hour set was a crowd-rousing, torch-passing duet with modern-day piano man Ben Folds, on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road cut "Grey Seal." Surely Casey Kasem would have approved.

Earlier in the day on the same stage, Sheffield Britrock darlings Arctic Monkeys (whose frontman Alex Turner declared, "I don't care where you're from, we're all Bonnaroovians today!") honored Elton, dedicating their glam-folk epic "No. 1 Party Anthem," which actually sounded like a Goodbye Yellow Brick Road outtake, to the legend. The dedication was sort of an unofficial way of paying things forward, since two other Bonnaroo performers, MS MR and Sam Smith, had covered the Monkeys' hit "Do I Wanna Know?" earlier in the weekend.

[Related: Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner Channels Elvis at iHeartRadio Show]

Other standout Sunday acts included ultimate fun-in-the-sun festival band Fitz & the Tantrums (graduating to the Which Stage from their side-tent 'Roo performance two years ago), folk-rock darlings the Avett Brothers, moody L.A. post-rockers Warpaint, and Empire of the Sun-sampling hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, all bringing the 13th annual Bonnaroo festival to a triumphant close.

Headliner Elton John's full setlist was:

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Bennie and the Jets
Candle in the Wind
Levon
Tiny Dancer
Philadelphia Freedom
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Rocket Man
Hey Ahab
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Grey Seal (with Ben Folds)
Sad Songs Say So Much)
All the Girls Love Alice
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'm Still Standing
The Bitch Is Back
Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Your Song
Crocodile Rock

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