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ELTON JOHN PLOTS FINAL WORLD TOUR

With typical theatrical flair, Elton John announced a final tour that will last close to three years and include 300 concerts. Titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, the tour starts 9/8 in Allentown, Pa.

“My priorities have changed,” Elton said Wednesday afternoon at Gotham Hall in New York following a five–minute VR experience and a two-song performance ("Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing") that was beamed to The Troubadour in L.A. where his lyricist Bernie Taupin was the host. “After having children, we sat down in 2015 with their school schedules and I said ‘I don’t want to miss this.’ When I stop they’re going to be 10 and eight. … I’ll be 74.

“I’ve been touring since 1969 and this a way of saying thank you” to fans, he told moderator Anderson Cooper.

The tour, which he says will be “the most produced show I’ve ever done,” will go through North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia before reaching its conclusion in 2021. John will play Madison Square Garden on 10/18-19 and 11/8—“my favorite place to play in the world; it’s magic,” he said—and Staples Center on 1/22-23/2019.

John’s presentation included a VR that covered his career from his U.S. debut at the Troubadour to landmark events such as his Dodger Stadium concert and The Lion King. He was adamant that he does not see a hologram replacing his live act. “That’s a bit freaky,” he said, comparing it to duet albums with dead singers.

John said he intends to continue writing and “make a couple more albums” after the tour concludes. He swears he won;t change his mind.

"I'm not Cher," he joked, "even though I like wearing her clothes."

He has 16 shows booked in Europe beginning 5/2/2019 in Vienna with more being added. John plans to play 13 cities in the U.K. in 2019 and 2020; the Asia leg is set for November and December 2019 followed by Australia and New Zealand. South America is on the 2020 docket.

Tickets for initial shows listed below go on sale to the general public 2/2.

Elton John North America Tour Dates
9/8 Allentown, Pa., PPL Center
9/11-12 Philadelphia, The Wells Fargo Center
9/15 Buffalo, N.Y., KeyBank Center
9/16 University Park, Pa., Bryce Jordan Center
9/19 Hartford, Conn., XL Center
9/21 & 22 Washington D.C., Capital One Arena
9/25-26 Toronto, Air Canada Centre
9/28 Ottawa, Ont., Canadian Tire Centre
9/29 Québec City, Videotron Centre
10/4 Montreal, Bell Centre
10/6 Boston, TD Garden
10/10 Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
10/12 Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
10/15 Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
10/18-19 New York, Madison Square Garden
10/23 Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center
10/24 Nashville, Bridgestone Arena
10/26-27 Chicago, United Center
10/30 St. Louis, Scottrade Center
11/2 Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
11/3 Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena
11/8 New York, Madison Square Garden
11/23 Sunrise, Fla., BB&T Center
11/24 Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena
11/27 Orlando, Amway Center
11/28 Tampa, Amalie Arena
11/30-12/1 Atlanta, Philips Arena
12/4 Birmingham, Ala., Legacy Arena at The BJCC
12/6 New Orleans, Smoothie King Center
12/8-9 Houston, Toyota Center
12/12 San Antonio, AT&T Center
12/14-15 Dallas, American Airlines Center
2019
1/11 Boise, Idaho, Taco Bell Arena
1/12 Portland, Moda Center
1/15 Fresno, Save Mart Center
1/16 Sacramento, Golden1 Center
1/18 Oakland, Oracle Arena
1/19 San Jose, SAP Center at San Jose
1/22-23 Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
1/26 Glendale, Ariz., Gila River Arena
1/29 San Diego, Valley View Casino Center
2/7 Denver, Pepsi Center
2/9 Tulsa, Okla., BOK Center
2/12 Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center
2/13 Kansas City, Sprint Center
2/19 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
2/21 Minneapolis, Target Center
2/27 Cincinnati, U.S. Bank Arena
3/1 Albany, N.Y., Times Union Center
3/8 Brooklyn, Barclays Center
3/12 Raleigh, N.C. @PNC Arena
3/13 Columbia, S.C. @Colonial Life Arena
3/15 Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 

 

 

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