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Elton John’s Farewell Tour in Orlando in November

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10:33 am

 

 

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

The Yellow Brick Road is coming to an end.

After more than half a century on the road and one of music’s legendary careers, Elton  John will be calling it quits with one final tour.

John will return to the Amway Center one final time, Tuesday, Nov. 27, with the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m.

Kicking off in the U.S. on Sept. 8, 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 the road for one of pop culture’s most enduring performers. The new stage production will take his fans on a musical and highly-visual journey spanning a 50-year career of hits like no one has ever seen before.

From the press release:

“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.”

American Express card members may purchase tickets in advance beginning Thursday, January 25, at 10 a.m. EST, through Monday, January 29, at 10 p.m. EST. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will also be available starting Thursday, January 25, at 10 a.m. EST. These exclusive offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise and much more. Tickets and VIP packages may be purchased at EltonJohn.com. 

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 who 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. The pre-sale will begin Tuesday January 30, at 10 a.m. EST and run through Wednesday January 31, at 10 p.m. EST; 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.”

The tour was announced in a splashy way last week.

Centered on a marquee event at Gotham Hall in New York City, the announcement was live-streamed globally and exclusively on YouTube in VR180 technology, and simultaneously transmitted to venues in Los Angeles and London. The immersive experience at the event and all around the world, 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 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 the event 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.

TICKETS: TBA (prices subject to change). Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. Limited on-ice seating is available upon request. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

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 five 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 songwriting 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 five 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 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.” Only a few days ago, he received the Crystal Award for 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.

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