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England – Elton John to end touring with epic 3-Year Final “Farewell Yellow Brick Road”

elton-john“It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life.” – Elton John. After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape and seen Elton John claim his place as a true global icon, the superstar today announced via an exclusive VR180 live stream on YouTube, details of his final tour called ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’.

Kicking off in the U.S. on September 8, 2018, the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour will consist of more than 300 shows across five continents, hitting North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia before reaching its conclusion in 2021. These dates mark the superstar’s last-ever tour, the end of half a century on the road for one of pop culture’s most enduring performers. Elton’s new stage production will take his fans on a musical and a highly visual journey spanning a 50-year career of hits like no one has ever seen before.

“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” said Elton. “I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”

Tickets for initial shows listed below go on sale to the general public beginning February 2 at 10 a.m. local. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at EltonJohn.com.

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can purchase tickets in advance in North America beginning Thursday January 25 at 10 a.m. local time, through Monday January 29 at 10 p.m. local time.  A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will also be available for sale starting Thursday January 25 at 10 a.m. local time. These exclusive offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton John’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise and much more.

The ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’ pre-sale is powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan (Ticketmaster’s fan-first technology, built to help artists combat ticket bots and get tickets into the hands of fans that intend to go to the event). Tickets for the tour will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration opens Wednesday January 24 and continues until Saturday January 27. Pre-sale will begin Tuesday January 30 at 10 a.m. and run through Wednesday January 31 at 10 p.m. (all times are local); supplies are limited. Registration is required to participate in the TM Verified Fan Pre-sale. For more information and to register, visit EltonJohn.com

“It is truly an honor to be associated with Elton John, one of music and pop culture’s most legendary, innovative and unrivaled performers,” said Jay Marciano, Chairman and CEO, AEG Presents, promoters of the global ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour. “In a manner and style that could only be conceived by such a renowned artist, Elton’s ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ concerts will be the ultimate and final opportunity for his millions of fans around the world to experience this generation’s most incomparable and iconic entertainer.”

elton-on-youtubeThe news was announced to the world in the very manner that has defined Elton and his creative output over a dazzling career – innovative, daring and constantly taking bold strides into the future. Centered around a marquee event at Gotham Hall in New York City, the announcement was live streamed globally exclusively on YouTube in VR180, and simultaneously transmitted to venues in Los Angeles and London. The immersive experience at the event – and all around the world thanks to YouTube’s VR180 technology – allowed fans to revisit some of the defining moments that set Elton on his unstoppable path to global superstardom. Transformation, after all, is part of Elton’s DNA, and he adeptly used the latest technology to help him defy space and time, connecting his past and future. Event footage along with additional ‘behind the scenes’ videos in VR180 tracking Elton’s journey, supported by YouTube, will be available at youtube.com/eltonjohn.

“Elton John is always up for doing things differently, using technology to push the boundaries of storytelling and reach fans in new ways. Last year, Elton’s YouTube-supported project “The Cut” gave undiscovered talent the chance to create new music videos for his iconic hits, and now his final farewell tour announcement takes experimentation to the next level – live streaming in VR,” said Vivien Lewit, Global Head of Artist Services at YouTube. “We’re honored to deepen our relationship by supporting the exclusive live stream and ‘behind the scenes’ videos in VR for this special moment in pop music history.”

It was also announced at today’s launch that Gucci will be exclusively designing Elton’s ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour wardrobe. Resplendent at Gotham Hall in a bespoke outfit, Elton discussed his passion for the Italian fashion house which last year unveiled its S/S 2018 collection – designed by Creative Director, Alessandro Michele and inspired by Elton’s inimitable style, referencing original items taken from his iconic style archives.

“American Express has a longstanding relationship with Elton John and we are excited to partner with the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” said Walter Frye, VP, Global Entertainment Partnerships at American Express. “We are proud to bring our Card Members access to an international icon we know they love and admire – with access to purchase tickets for his tour before the general public.”

ABOUT ELTON JOHN:

Elton’s career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum and multi-platinum albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997,” which sold over 33 million copies. ‘Diamonds’ the Ultimate Greatest Hits album, reached the Top 5 of the UK album charts on its release in November 2017, becoming Elton’s 40th UK Top 40 album in the process, reaching Gold status before the end of the year. This release celebrated 50 years of his song writing partnership with Bernie Taupin. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and The Lion King, which was named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world. To date, Elton has delivered more than 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries since launching his first tour in 1970. Among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him are 5 GRAMMYs including a GRAMMY Legend award, a Tony and an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy CenterHonor, Legend of Live Award, 13 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services.” Only a few days ago, he received the Crystal Awardfor this long-standing fight against HIV/AIDS at the World Economic Forum in Davos.  In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations and has raised over $400 million to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

DATE/YEAR MARKET VENUE ON SALE
North America
September 2018
8 September 2018 Allentown, PA PPL Center Feb 2
11 September 2018 Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center Feb 2
12 September 2018 Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center Feb 2
15 September 2018 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center Feb 2
16 September 2018 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center Feb 2
19 September 2018 Hartford, CT XL Center Feb 2
21 September 2018 Washington DC Capital One Arena Feb 2
22 September 2018 Washington DC Capital One Arena Feb 2
25 September 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Feb 2
26 September 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Feb 2
28 September 2018 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre Feb 2
29 September 2018 Québec City, QC Videotron Centre Feb 2
October 2018
4 October 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Feb 2
6 October 2018 Boston, MA TD Garden Feb 2
10 October 2018 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena Feb 2
12 October 2018 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena Feb 2
15 October 2018 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena Feb 2
18 October 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Feb 2
19 October 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Feb 2
23 October 2018 Louisville, KY KFC Yum!Center Feb 2
24 October 2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena Feb 2
26 October 2018 Chicago, IL United Center Feb 2
27 October 2018 Chicago, IL United Center Feb 2
30 October 2018 St. Louis, MO ScottradeCenter Feb 2
November 2018
2 November 2018 Columbus, OH SchottensteinCenter Feb 2
3 November 2018 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Feb 2
8 November 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Feb 2
23 November 2018 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center Feb 2
24 November 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena Feb 2
27 November 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center Feb 2
28 November 2018 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena Feb 2
30 November 2018 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Feb 2
December 2018
1 December 2018 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Feb 2
4 December 2018 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at The BJCC Feb 2
6 December 2018 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center Feb 2
8 December 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center Feb 2
9 December 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center Feb 2
12 December 2018 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center Feb 2
14 December 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Feb 2
15 December 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Feb 2
January 2019
11 January 2019 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena Feb 2
12 January 2019 Portland, OR ModaCenter Feb 2
15 January 2019 Fresno, CA  Save Mart Center Feb 2
16 January 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden1 Center Feb 2
18 January 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Feb 2
19 January 2019 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose Feb 2
22 January 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Feb 2
23 January 2020 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Feb 2
26 January 2019 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena Feb 2
29 January 2019 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center Feb 2
February 2019
7 February 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Feb 2
9 February 2019 Tulsa, OK BOK Center Feb 2
12 February 2019 Omaha, NE CenturyLinkCenter Feb 2
13 February 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Feb 2
19 February 2019 Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center Feb 2
21 February 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Feb 16
27 February 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena Feb 2
March 2019
1 March 2019 Albany, NY Times Union Center Feb 2
8 March 2019 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center Feb 2
12 March 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena Feb 16
13 March 2019 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena Feb 16
15 March 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Feb 16
EUROPE
May 2019
2 May 2019 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle Feb 9
4 May 2019 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena Feb 9
7 May 2019 Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Feb 9
9 May 2019 Bremen, Germany OVB Arena Feb 9
11 May 2019 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle Feb 9
12 May 2019 Oberhausen, Germany KoPi Arena Feb 9
15 May 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggodome Feb 9
18 May 2019 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena Aug 31
19 May 2019 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium Aug 31
22 May 2019 Hannover, Germany Tui Arena Feb 9
23 May 2019 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis Feb 9
26 May 2019 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle Feb 9
June 2019
1 June 2019 Wiebasden, Germany Bowling Green Feb 9
12 June 2019 Dublin, Rep of Ireland 3Arena Feb 9
29 June 2019 Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival July 14
30 June 2019 Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival July 14

NORTH AMERICA –Fall 2019 – On Sale from December 7, 2018

Anaheim * Baltimore * Bossier City * Calgary * Charlotte * Chattanooga * Des Moines * Edmonton * Eugene * Grand Forks * Green Bay * Greenville * Indianapolis * Las Vegas * Lexington * Long Island * Madison * Manchester * Newark * Memphis * N. Little Rock * Oklahoma City * Peoria * Regina * Salt Lake City * San Francisco * Saskatoon * Sioux Falls * Tacoma * Wichita * Winnipeg * Vancouver

UK – 2019/2020 – On Sale TBA  

Plymouth * Cardiff * Brighton * London * Liverpool * Leeds * Aberdeen * Glasgow * Sheffield * Birmingham * Newcastle * Nottingham * Manchester

EUROPE – 2019/2020 – On Sale TBA                                         

Paris * Bordeaux * Marseille * Lyon * Nimes ** Madrid * Zaragoza * Valencia * Palma * Malaga * Seville ** Cologne * Mannheim * Leipzig * Berlin * Hamburg ** Rome * Lucca * Bologna * Milan ** Faro * Lisbon * Oporto ** St Petersburg * Moscow ** Tel Aviv ** Oslo ** Stockholm ** Helsinki ** Vilnius ** Riga ** Tallinn ** Wroclaw ** Budapest ** Graz * Linz ** Liechtenstein ** Bern ** Andorra

ASIA – November/December 2019 – On Sale from November 1, 2018

Tokyo * Hong Kong * Singapore * Seoul * ADDITIONAL MARKETS TO FOLLOW

SOUTH AMERICA – 2020 – On Sale September 2019

Sao Paulo * Rio de Janeiro * Belo Horizonte * Porto Alegre * Buenos Aires * Santiago

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – Late 2019, early 2020 – On Sale November 26, 2018

Sydney * Melbourne * Brisbane * Adelaide * Perth * ADDITIONAL REGIONAL AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND MARKETS TO FOLLOW

*Markets/on-sale dates subject to change

For more information visit EltonJohn.com

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