Elton John's current tour carries two names: "The Breaking Hearts Tour," after the title of his latest album, and the "Last Tour" -- a reference to John's plans to quit touring the United States after this go-around.

If John really plans to hang up his rock 'n' roll shoes (to say nothing of his wardrobe), he's not about to slide gently into semiretirement. At the Capital Centre last night, it was obvious that John wants to conclude this chapter of his career with a bang, not a whimper. As if to stress the point, he tossed his piano stool offstage during "Bennie and the Jets" and often pounded away at the keyboard, sometimes on his knees.

The singer made his entrance looking like the proverbial rhinestone cowboy. As nearly 17,000 fans cheered wildly, the British rocker walked on stage wearing a white Stetson hat and a baggy western-cut gold lame' tuxedo that glowed in the dark.

Backed by his quartet, John spent the next two hours concentrating on his biggest hits. He genuinely seemed to get as much of a kick out of performing rockers like "Kiss the Bride" as he did in the old days. The ballads, particularly "Candle in the Wind" and the apt "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," were delivered sincerely.