Call it “The Circle of Life: Concert Edition.”

Elton John was the very first concert I ever attended. Every so often, and for a limited time, he’s also the last.

Such will once again be the case on Wednesday when John returns to Salt Lake City for what is being billed as his final time. The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will touch down in Vivint Smart Home Arena at 8 p.m.

My very first “Rocket Man” experience was lucky enough to be the second of his two-day stint at Dodger Stadium, on Oct. 26, 1975, nearly 44 long years ago. Wednesday’s show at Vivint Arena will mark the 10th time I’ve caught Sir Elton in concert, and while it would be impossible, really, to match the overall spectacle of the Dodger Stadium concerts — which John always lists among his most magical performances ever — each subsequent show has been memorable in its own right, including the one on Sept. 6, 1984, when John played BYU’s Marriott Center, and arrived at the gig via helicopter touchdown on the baseball field across the street.

The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour kicked off just under one year ago, on Sept. 8 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Vivint Arena marks the 108th stop in an anticipated 300-plus date itinerary.

It bears noting that Wednesday will mark the opening show on the third leg of the tour, which has been on hiatus since a July 7 concert in Italy. So there is the potential of slight setlist tweaks as the tour begins its second sweep across North America. It also will be interesting to see if Wednesday marks the return of longtime lead guitarist Davey Johnstone, who was replaced on the May-to-July European leg by former E.J. band member John Jorgenson due to shoulder surgery.

Also keep an eye out for Ray Cooper. The inimitable percussionist, a member of John’s band during key parts of the early 1970s and in various stints since, is fascinating to watch in concert as he attacks and finesses his array of instruments with panache and showmanship.

The elaborate “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” stage production has kept the setlist pretty much identical throughout its run to date — the only real difference of note being the swap out of “Crocodile Rock” for “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.”

Setlist studying has been a passion of mine since that very first Dodger Stadium show — where as a 15-year-old rock concert newb I was inexplicably compelled to take a notebook and document the entire proceedings. So you can be certain that in anticipation of Wednesday’s Vivint Arena appearance, I have gone through the tour’s setlist with a gap-toothed comb and come up with the 10 songs I am most looking forward to experiencing live once again.

They are presented here in order of their expected setlist placement.

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