Elton John gives impromptu performance at London train station

Elton John Surprises Passengers at a London Train Station by Playing Piano

Elton John shocked tube riders on Thursday when he sat down at one of the pianos open to the public in London's St. Pancras station and gave passersby a treat that they certainly weren't expecting on their commutes home.

Many witnesses caught the music legend on camera as he tickled the ivories through a few songs and then signed the Yamaha piano, which he had actually donated to the station himself, with the inscription, "Enjoy this piano! It's a gift. Love, Elton John."

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The Daily Mail reports that during a radio appearance with BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, John announced he's going to start pulling back on his music career over the next several years to focus more on his family.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 06: Singer/songwriter Elton John testifies during a hearing before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee May 6, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held the hearing on global health problems. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Sen. John McCain (L) (R-AZ) and Sir Elton John, Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation, pose for a photo before an Elton John AIDS Foundation and The ONE Campaign hosted reception on global HIV/AIDS funding at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on May 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for EJAF)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Sir Elton John speaks onstage at the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, recognising excellence from across the world of theatre and beyond, at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: (L to R) Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sir Elton John and Tom Hiddleston attend the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, recognising excellence from across the world of theatre and beyond, at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Sir Elton John speaks onstage at the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, recognising excellence from across the world of theatre and beyond, at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, APRIL 01: English singer Elton John performs at the Sapucai Apotheosis downtown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 01, 2017, (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Sir Elton John celebrates his 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the UCLA Hammer Museum at RED Studios Hollywood on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - MARCH 11: Elton John performs on stage at Save On Foods Memorial Centre on March 11, 2017 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Hosts Elton John (L) and David Furnish speak onstage at the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: David Furnish and Elton John arrive for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
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It's all about the kids now. Everything is worked out around half term and when they're going to be in school, when they're out of school, and they are the most important things in my life. They take preference over everything," he said, adding, "I'll gradually phase things out in a few years."

Check out these videos from his surprise performance below:



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