Elton John has added a number of new dates to the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour, which means that his last concert will take place in 2023.
The pioneering singer-songwriter first announced his farewell tour in 2018, telling fans at the time that it would be his last major outing as he wanted to spend more time with his children. However, numerous tour dates were eventually postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Now Elton John has added five new UK dates and numerous additional gigs to the American leg of the tour.
In announcing the new dates, John said: “Hello to all the wonderful fans. I am writing to you today with an announcement that I have been working on for, well, my whole life: the shows I announce today will be the last dates. from my tour in North America and Europe.
“I’m going to go in the biggest way possible, performing to the max, with the most spectacular production I’ve ever had, playing in places that have meant so much to me throughout my career,” he said.
“Whether it’s next summer in Frankfurt or at the legendary Dodger Stadium for the grand finale in America, I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the road one last time. This has been an incredible tour so far, filled with the best moments, and I am looking forward to creating more wonderful memories with you in these last concerts. To all my friends from the south, we will see you too. Thank you and I hope to see you in your city. “
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John’s new UK tour dates will see him perform in Norwich, Liverpool, Sunderland, Bristol and Swansea in June 2022. He will then perform in US venues in July of that year.
The singer’s farewell tour was originally scheduled to conclude at London’s O2 in December 2020, but that date was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will bid farewell with two dates in Auckland in January 2023.
Speaking in 2018 after announcing that his upcoming tour would be his last, Elton John admitted that his priorities in life had changed since he became a father.
“I always thought I was going to be like Ray Charles, BB King: on the road forever,” he said at a press conference at the time.
However, he was quick to clarify that retiring from touring does not mean that he will abandon all creative activity.