Elton John announces 3-year farewell tour, including January San Diego show
Elton John is retiring from performing concerts, but will first mount his three-year “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” farewell world tour.
Elton John will retire after one final and very extensive farewell world concert tour, which will last three years and include more than 300 concerts.
The 70-year-old English pop-music superstar announced his retirement Wednesday at an invitation-only event at New York’s Gotham Hall that was simulcast in London and in Los Angeles at the Troubadour, the Hollywood club where he made his U.S. breakthrough performance in 1970.
John’s tour will begin Sept. 8 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, and conclude in 2021 in a yet-to-be-announced North American city. It includes a Jan. 29, 2019, concert at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. local time.
All announced tour dates and cities appear below, along with ticket information.
“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” John said in a statement released Wednesday.
“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.”
Health may also be a factor.
John was forced to cancel concerts in California and the 2017 spring leg of his Las Vegas residency after being hospitalized with a bacterial infection while on tour in South America.
In July, 2013, his concert at London’s Hyde Park was canceled when the star had to undergo emergency appendicitis surgery - and he later admitted he “could have easily died” without treatment.
His 2010 San Diego concert at Cricket Wireless (now Mattress Firm Amphitheatre) was interrupted when he had to leave the stage after 40 minutes because of intestinal problems. He returned after a short while and delivered a rousing performance.
John currently has a residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where he has dates scheduled until May 2018.
A pre-sale for American Express card members begins Thursday at 10 a.m., along with VIP packages that will only be available at eltonjohn.com.
The Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration opens today and runs through Saturday. However, San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center is not a Ticketmaster facility.
Tickets for the general public for John’s San Diego show will be available, starting Feb. 2 at 10 a.m., through axs.com, at the Valley View Casino Center box office (which will open an hour earlier than its usual 11 a.m. opening time) and via phone at (888) 929-7849.
Ticket prices for the San Diego concert are $45.50, $120.50 and $220.50, not including service charges.
Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tour dates
8 September 2018 Allentown, PA PPL Center
11 September 2018 Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center
12 September 2018 Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center
15 September 2018 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
16 September 2018 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
19 September 2018 Hartford, CT XL Center
21 September 2018 Washington DC Capital One Arena
22 September 2018 Washington DC Capital One Arena
25 September 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
26 September 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
28 September 2018 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
29 September 2018 Québec City, QC Videotron Centre
4 October 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
6 October 2018 Boston, MA TD Garden
10 October 2018 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
12 October 2018 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
15 October 2018 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
18 October 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
19 October 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
23 October 2018 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
24 October 2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
26 October 2018 Chicago, IL United Center
27 October 2018 Chicago, IL United Center
30 October 2018 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
2 November 2018 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
3 November 2018 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
8 November 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
23 November 2018 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
24 November 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
27 November 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
28 November 2018 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
30 November 2018 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
1 December 2018 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
4 December 2018 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at The BJCC
6 December 2018 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
8 December 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
9 December 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
12 December 2018 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
14 December 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
15 December 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
11 January 2019 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
12 January 2019 Portland, OR Moda Center
15 January 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
16 January 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden1 Center
18 January 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
19 January 2019 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
22 January 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
23 January 2020 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
26 January 2019 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
29 January 2019 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
7 February 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
9 February 2019 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
12 February 2019 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
13 February 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
19 February 2019 Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
21 February 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
27 February 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
1 March 2019 Albany, NY Times Union Center
8 March 2019 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
12 March 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
13 March 2019 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
15 March 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
2 May 2019 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
4 May 2019 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
7 May 2019 Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena
9 May 2019 Bremen, Germany OVB Arena
11 May 2019 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle
12 May 2019 Oberhausen, Germany KoPi Arena
15 May 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggodome
18 May 2019 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena
19 May 2019 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium
22 May 2019 Hannover, Germany Tui Arena
23 May 2019 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
26 May 2019 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
1 June 2019 Wiesbaden, Germany Bowling Green
12 June 2019 Dublin, Rep of Ireland 3Arena
29 June 2019 Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
30 June 2019 Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
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