To say ELTON JOHN is one of our hardest working entertainers would be an understatement. He’s been making music pretty much all of his life, and spent 50 years of it touring the planet. To call him a true Global Icon is not enough. Elton, and Bernie Taupin in particular, have changed the face of music in an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape,
Elton announced via an exclusive VR180 Live Stream on YouTube, details of his final tour called ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’. A tour which brings him to the swansea.com Stadium. Now we ought to tell you a couple of things – first of all, Elton is truly phenomenal live, we’ve seen him more times than we care to count, all of them truly memorable.
Also, it’s now written in law that everyone must see Elton and his amazing band play live at least once, so if you haven’t yet booked your place, now is the time to do it. It’s not really of course, but certainly should be.
Elton will conclude his world-famous tour at major stadiums which kicked off on 27th May in Frankfurt. The Final Tour will make stops in Europe in major cities such as Milan and Paris before shows in Norwich, Liverpool, Sunderland, Bristol and Swansea this week.
The Liberty Stadium show will be the last time Elton ever performs in Swansea on tour.
Elton will then travel across the Atlantic to take his final bow in North America, playing in major cities including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago and more. The North American run will kick off at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia next July before concluding with back-to-back performances at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in November – commemorating his iconic performance at the historic venue in October 1975.
2023 kicks off with two shows in Auckland New Zealand on 27 and 28 January, followed by soon-to-be-announced dates in Australia before the epic four-year tour formally concludes there later that year.
Announcing the final dates of his tour on social media, Elton John said:
“Hello, all you wonderful fans out there. I’m coming to you today with an announcement I’ve been working towards for, well, all my life: the shows that I announce today will be my final tour dates ever in North America and Europe.
“I’m going to go out in the biggest way possible, performing at my very best, with the most spectacular production I’ve ever had, playing in places that have meant so much to me throughout my career. Whether it’s next summer in Frankfurt or at the legendary Dodger Stadium for the grand finale in the US, I can’t wait to see you all on the road one last time.
“This has been an incredible tour so far, full of the most amazing highs, and I look forward to making more wonderful memories with you at these final shows. To all my friends down under, We’ll be seeing you too.”
Ahead of the stadium run, Elton will mark his return to the stage this Autumn in Europe on 1st September at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, then later to North America next January. More details on the previously announced arena dates are available HERE.
Recently winning the 2021 iHeartRadio “Golden Icon” Award, the tour has also received top accolades including the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Award for “Tour Of The Year,” 2020 Pollstar “Major Tour of the Year” and the 2019 Billboard Music Award for the “Top Rock Tour.”
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of our most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time.
The figures are incredible. He’s achieved 1 diamond, 40 platinum or multi-platinum, and 23 gold 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. Since launching his first tour in 1970, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit.
Elton is the most successful solo male in the history of the American charts and the third most successful artist overall, behind only Madonna and the Beatles. He has logged 67 Hot 100 entries between 1970 and 2000, including nine No. 1s and 27 top 10s. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 – a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles.
The video below is a little bit special we think.
Building on Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Californian inspiration, Max Weiland filmed a video for “Tiny Dancer” that reflects on life in Los Angeles from a dozen different perspectives. The Cut, proudly supported by YouTube, invited filmmakers to create the first official music videos.
You’d think by now Elton would want to sit back and take things a little easier, but we all know that’s never going to happen. This tour says it all, it’s taking almost five years to wrap up all the live shows.
The Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off to a sold-out crowd in September 2018 and has since received rave reviews around the world. The critically acclaimed show takes the audience on a magical journey through his incredible 50-year career with never-before-seen-photos and videos, all set to the tune of some of Elton’s most beloved songs from his legendary catalog including, ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘Tiny Dancer,’ and ‘Philadelphia Freedom.’
The swansea.com Stadium will play host to Elton John this Wednesday 29th June as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Tickets range from £49.50 to £162.00 and you can get them HERE.