Richard Wilkins has shared priceless insights into the backstage experience of Sir Elton John’s final Australian tour after attending the music legend’s concert in Newcastle – and he even ran into a few more rock celebrities while meeting the man himself.

Wilkins had the privilege of catching up with Elton in person, after Elton launched the Australian leg of the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Farewell Tour in Newcastle, and the Today entertainment editor reported that he “absolutely delivered in spades”.

“To witness Elton John in concert is to witness an absolute masterclass in stadium entertainment and rock and roll – witnessing a legend at the top of his game,” said Wilkins on the Today segment.

And Wilkins wasn’t alone backstage when it came to rubbing shoulders with the rock and roll royalty; Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were in attendance, and seemed more than happy to share a candid photograph with Sir Elton and Wilkins.

Wilkins went on to say that everyone lucky enough to see Elton live would be waking up this morning “with a big smile on their face”.

“It’s a joyous experience,” he said.

“A show for the ages and the great man will be waking up with a smile on his face as well knowing he’s made a lot of people happy.”

“On-stage at seven. Offstage at nine-thirty. Two-and-a-half hours of hit after hit after hit… He’s “still standing”, and when he hits that piano you instantly know.”

Image: Richard Wilkins / Instagram

This article first appeared on Over60.