Elton John bid farewell to his Fresno fans at a concert in the Californian city on Tuesday night and said that the greatest thing for him as a musician was "to play to another human being."

The 72-year-old music icon performed a 24-song set at the Save Mart Arena and revealed some interesting tidbits of info.

He has never written a song in the same room as his lyric writer Bernie Taupin and he he shares a birthday with his late friend Aretha Franklin, who once covered his Border Song. (The  legendary soul singer was born on March 25, 1942, Elton John was born Reginald Dwight on the same date in 1947.)

"If I left out your favourite song tonight, I apologise," he said, as reported by The Fresno Bee, whose reviewer was impressed by the "stunning visuals" and "a surrealistic cartoon playing through Someone Save My Life Tonight."

Fans turned out in apposite regalia, one wore a shiny gold suit and a sparkling crown, another silver high heel boots. Many wore out-sized sparkling glasses and feather boas.

The Fresno Bee observed that Elton's veteran guitarist Davey Johnstone played a reverse Flying V, "a really odd shaped guitar", and a custom-painted Goodbye Yellow Brick Road guitar.

On his final date of 2018 - December 23 in Dallas - Elton told fans that he'd had "an amazing, amazing life" as a musician.

As part of his final tour, Elton John will play concerts in Ireland in 2020. Earlier this month Elton John said that he "wanted people to be astounded" by his final concerts.

Elton revealed that he shared a birthday with Aretha Franklin