Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

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Updated: February 3, 2018
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Elton John: A Theatrical Farewell

For five decades, Sir Elton John has built a career off his instantly recognizable tenor, flamboyant theatrics, impassioned vocal delivery, infectious charisma and, above all, awe-inspiring live performances. Indeed, Elton John live in concert is an event that needs to be seen to be believed – the man is exuberant, lavish, and deliciously decadent. But he is also exceptionally gifted, capable of belting out signature gospel-tinged ballads like “Your Song” and “Rocket Man” with the same fervor utilized during the recording process.

For this reason, it was particularly heartbreaking when, at a press conference at New York City’s Gotham Hall on January 24, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee announced his retirement from touring. As he discussed with event moderator Anderson Cooper, a desire to spend more time with his young children sparked the decision.

Naturally, the best-selling artist does not plan to go out with a whimper – no, he is prepping for the biggest bang of his career.

Later this year, Elton John will embark on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, a three-year stint that will see the glam icon perform 300 shows. The trek may seem grueling but, over the past 20 years, the resilient entertainer has played upwards of 133 shows a year. In fact, John boasts having performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. Canadian dates include stops at Montreal’s Bell Centre, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, and Quebec’s Videotron Centre.

At the conference, the knighted legend promised that this will be his most grandiose tour yet – an impressive feat, given that the consummate performer has built a career by delivering show-stopping spectacles. While much of the details remain under wraps, you can expect Elton John to go out in style. In typical Elton John fashion, the tour will be nothing less than extravagant and spectacular.