In Elton John’s first concert since his mother’s passing, he paid tribute in song. The legendary performer put on a show in Hamburg, Germany on Tuesday and sang “Your Song” for his mom Shelia Farebrother, who died on Monday at 92.

“Yesterday was sad and hard day for me because my mother passed away,” he shared. “I’m glad to say she passed away peacefully, with no pain. But maybe sooner than she should have done, so I was quite shocked.”

Then he went into his moving song. “And I was thinking how I could pay tribute to her tonight, and what song I should choose. Well, this next song I wrote at her house … I can remember every single minute of writing this song with Bernie [Taupin]. So this is the song I wanted to dedicate to her. And it’s taken me from nowhere to somewhere. So thank you, mum.”

Shortly after Farebrother died, John announced the news on social media. John, 70, said he saw her just a week before, adding, “Travel safe Mum. Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much.”

The pair had recently reconnected after nine years of being estranged. On Mother’s Day, John shared how delighted he was to be “back in touch” with his mother after so long.