|Elton John - photo by Ben Gibson Photography|
Elton John farewell tour dates announced
The tour will kick off with record breaking back-to-back appearances at Perth’s HBF Park on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2019. This is a huge 48 years on from his first ever Australian show which took place at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on 17 October, 1971.
Elton will deliver his famed songbook to spellbind audiences on his very last tour, playing across a mammoth run that includes capital city concerts along with stops at some of Australia’s finest outdoor venues including; the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate, Rutherglen’s All Saints Estate, Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley, Queensland’s Sirromet Wines, Victoria’s Hanging Rock and Bathurst’s Carrington Park. Additional dates, including North QLD, will be announced later in 2019.
Beginning in Pennsylvania, USA in September 2018, Elton John’s three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour has already been hailed as one of his most energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations. Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ and more, are showcased in a musical masterpiece and also celebrates his fifty plus year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Together they are one of the great songwriting partnerships of all time.
The milestone itinerary comprises more than three hundred shows across five continents and spanning three years with stops in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand. It marks the last tour of its kind by this celebrated songwriter and iconic showman.
Audiences will experience a rare glimpse into Elton John’s life, and the deeply personal meaning behind some of his greatest hits via mesmerising, never before seen images and videos displayed throughout the show, from his incredible 50 year career. Complete with brand new stage production and a tour wardrobe designed by Italian fashion house Gucci, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour is intimate and personal, whilst also being spectacular and daring.
He will be joined by longstanding band members Nigel Olsson on drums (a member of Elton John's original 3 piece band in 1970), esteemed musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton John in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, virtuoso Ray Cooper on percussion, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards. Elton John’s enduring history with Australia is evident across the years.
Notably in 2012, when he opened the Perth Arena, and most recently delivering the final performance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre [since demolished], in December 2015. He bids farewell to the road almost fifty years on from his debut Australian show, having played 196 concerts and performing to more than one and a half million people across the country in that time.
Since his career began in 1969, he has performed a staggering four thousand plus shows in more than eighty countries. Garnering rave reviews at sell-out shows across North America, Elton John’s curtain call will be the last chance to catch this legendary performer touring in Australia.
More than a concert, it will be an unforgettable memory! Tickets will go fast so don’t miss out on your spot at Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.
Elton John'’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 fifty Top 40 hits and he has sold more than three hundred million records worldwide. He holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time with 'Candle in the Wind' which sold over thirty three 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 John’s 40th UK Top 40 album in the process and reaching Gold status before the end of the year. This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.
August 2018 saw Elton John named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including 9 No.1s and 27 Top 10s. 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).
Elton announced the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at New York’s Gotham Hall in January 2018. Encompassing 5 continents, and over thrree hundred dates, this 3 year long tour started in September and marks his retirement from touring after more than fifty years on the road.
To date, Elton has delivered more than four thousand performances in more than eighty countries since launching his first tour in 1970. April 2018 saw the release of Revamp, an album of the world’s biggest musical stars covering some of Elton John’s best loved songs.
Among the many awards and honours bestowed upon him are 5 GRAMMYs along with a GRAMMY Legend award, a Tony, 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 Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 13 Ivor Novello Awards, and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to music and charitable services.
In 1992 Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations and has raised over four hundred million dollars to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. In January 2018 he received the Crystal Award for this long standing fight against HIV/AIDS at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
At the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Sir Elton John and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, announced the launch of the MenStar Coalition - an over one billion dollar global partnership which seeks to engage men in new and innovative ways to break the cycle of HIV transmission and ultimately end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Saturday 30 November 2019 – HBF Park
Sunday 1 December 2019 – HBF Park
Wednesday 4 December 2019 – Botanic Park Adelaide
Tuesday 10 December 2019 – Rod Laver Arena
Wednesday 11 December 2019 – Rod Laver Arena
Wednesday 18 December 2019 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 21 December 2019 – ICC Sydney Theatre
Monday 23 December 2019 – ICC Sydney Theatre
Tuesday 7 January 2020 - Qudos Bank Arena
HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
Saturday 11 January 2020 – Hope Estate
MOUNT COTTON, QLD
Saturday 18 January 2020 – Sirromet Wines
Wednesday 22 January 2020 – Carrington Park
Saturday 25 January 2020 – Hanging Rock
Wednesday 29 January 2020 – All Saints Estate
YARRA VALLEY, VIC
Friday 31 January 2020 – Rochford Wines