Elton John Says Goodbye as Farewell Tour Begins: 2018

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He announced his farewell tour in his typically grand style with a live streamed press conference on January 24, 2018. And nearly nine months later, Elton John began his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on Sept. 8 – on a Saturday night (wink, wink) in Allentown, Pa., at the PPL Center. The 24-songs, split into two sets – named Maestro and Rock & Roll (including wardrobe changes, naturally) – featured most of his biggest hits as well as several chestnuts from his phenomenal catalog.

And while fans certainly came to hear such favorites as “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” he also offered extended versions of “Levon” and “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time).”

The superstar has said that the tour will encompass as much as three years and 300 dates and expects to perform on “every continent” before he calls it quits. When tickets went on sale Feb. 2, the initial 60 North American dates in 2018 and 2019 quickly sold-out. The pace continued when shows for 2020 and 2021 were made available. But like all live performances, the worldwide tour came to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic. It’s now set to resume on Sept. 1, 2021 with some rescheduled shows as far out as 2023. Tickets are available here and here.

The tour’s second performance – with the identical setlist – was in the city of brotherly love for the first of two nights at the Wells Fargo Center. Check out highlights from opening night (Sept. 8) and Philadelphia (Sept. 11).

Watch “Philadelphia Freedom” on September 11

Watch “Rocket Man” from opening night

John turned 74 on March 25, 2021. Since the tour will surpass its planned three-year run, he’ll be well past 75 when it concludes.

Related: Looking back at Elton John’s first U.S. concert in 1970

Watch the final six rollicking minutes of “Levon”

Elton John, Allentown, PA, PPL Center, September 8, 2018 Setlist

Maestro
Bennie and the Jets
All the Girls Love Alice
I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues
Border Song
Tiny Dancer
Philadelphia Freedom
Indian Sunset
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
Take Me to the Pilot
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Levon
Candle in the Wind
Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

Watch “I’m Still Standing” from September 11

Rock & Roll
Burn Down the Mission
Believe
Daniel
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
The Bitch is Back
I’m Still Standing
Crocodile Rock
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

Watch “The Bitch is Back” from Sept. 11

It’s getting late…

John closed both concerts by bookending two key songs in his rise to the top. “Your Song,” the one “that broke the journey open”; and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which he described as “the one that’s closing the journey.”

Encore
Your Song
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Thanks to Rob C for many of the videos.

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

2021 Dates

Sep 01 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes Benz Arena
Sep 03 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes Benz Arena
Sep 04 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes Benz Arena
Sep 07 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Sep 08 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Sep 11 – Hamburg, DE – Barclaycard Arena
Sep 12 – Hamburg, DE – Barclaycard Arena
Sep 14 – Hamburg, DE – Barclaycard Arena
Sep 17 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2 Arena
Sep 18 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2 Arena
Sep 21 – Helsinki, FI – Hartwall Arena
Sep 22 – Helsinki, FI – Hartwall Arena
Sep 25 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
Sep 26 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
Sep 28 – Copehnhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Sep 30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Oct 02 – Munich, DE – Olympiahalle
Oct 05 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Oct 06 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Oct 08 – Mannheim, DE – SAP Arena
Oct 10 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Oct 12 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Oct 13 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Oct 16 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
Oct 17 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
Oct 22 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
Oct 23 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
Oct 30 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
Nov 02 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 03 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 05 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
Nov 07 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 09 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 10 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 12 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 14 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 16 – London, UK – The O2
Nov 17 – London, UK – The 02
Nov 19 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
Nov 21 – Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
Nov 23 – Birmingham, UK – Ultilita Arena Birmingham
Nov 24 – Birmingham, UK – Ultilita Arena Birmingham
Nov 27 – Liverpool, UK – M&S Bank Arena
Nov 28 – Liverpool, UK – M&S Bank Arena
Dec 01 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
Dec 03 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
Dec 04 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
Dec 06 – Belfast, UK – The SSE Arena
Dec 09 – Aberdeen, UK – P&J Live
Dec 10 – Aberdeen, UK – P&J Live
Dec 13 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
Dec 14 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro

2022 Dates

Jan 19 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Jan 21 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jan 22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jan 25 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Jan 26 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Jan 29 – N. Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
Jan 30 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Feb 01 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Feb 04 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Feb 05 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Feb 08 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Feb 09 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Feb 14 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Feb 15 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Feb 18 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Feb 19 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Feb 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Feb 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Feb 25 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Mar 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Mar 02 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Mar 05 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Mar 06 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Mar 19 – Fargo, ND – Fargodome
Mar 22 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Mar 23 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Mar 26 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Mar 27 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Mar 30 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
Apr 01 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Apr 02 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Apr 05 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Apr 08 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
Apr 09 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Apr 12 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Apr 13 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
Apr 16 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Apr 19 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Apr 20 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
Apr 23 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Arena
Apr 24 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Apr 27 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Apr 28 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

2023
Jan 27 – Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium
Jan 28 – Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium

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