Sir Elton John, recently crowned by Billboard as the most successful performing male solo artist of all time, has finally locked-in dates for the New Zealand leg of his global 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour this February 2020. His farewell tour is set to deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences in Dunedin, Napier and Auckland! Performing as his special guest is Australian singer-songwriter, Tate Sheridan. Elton's two remaining Mt Smart Stadium performances have just been rescheduled to January 2023 due to the COVID crisis.
Promoter, Michael Chugg, said “As you can imagine, Elton is extremely disappointed at having to reschedule his Auckland dates. But unfortunately, as everyone can see with what’s happening with global touring at the moment, there isn’t a way around it. Rest assured, he’ll be absolutely thrilled to perform for New Zealand audiences one last time, when he does finally make it back in 2023”.
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 that is a “reflective and stunning tribute to a great artist’s career” (NME), also celebrating his 50-plus year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin - one of the great song-writing partnerships of all time.
The milestone itinerary comprises more than 300 shows across five continents, spanning three years, with stops in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and marks the last tour of its kind by the celebrated songwriter and iconic showman.
Audiences will experience a rare glimpse into Elton’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 tour wardrobe designed by Italian fashion house Gucci, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour is intimate and personal, while also spectacular and daring.
He will be joined by longstanding band members Nigel Olsson on drums (part of Elton’s original three-piece band in 1970), esteemed musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton 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.
The performer said that after the tour finishes he looks forward to “coming off the road and dedicating more time to raising my children”.
“I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play for audiences across the globe. I plan to bring to my final tour the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades...It’s the most produced and fantastic show I’ve ever done. I want to go out with a bang...” – Elton John
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 New Zealand.
More than a concert; an unforgettable memory!