Elton John Says Goodbye as Farewell Tour Begins

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He announced his farewell tour in his typically grand style with a live streamed press conference on January 24. And nearly nine months later, Elton John began his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on September 8 – on a Saturday night (wink, wink) in Allentown, Penn 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. He’s since added dozens of more North American and European dates for 2019. 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 71 this year and if the tour does, indeed, have a three-year run, he’ll be approaching 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

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

Keep checking back for more clips from opening night!

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

Sep. 08 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
Sep. 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sep. 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sep. 15 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Sep. 16 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
Sep. 19 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
Sep. 21 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Sep. 22 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Sep. 25 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sep. 26 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sep. 28 – Kanata, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
Sep. 29 – Quebec, QC – Centre Videotron
Oct. 04 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell Centre
Oct. 06 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Oct. 09 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Oct. 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 12 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 13 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Oct. 18 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 23 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 24 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 30 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Nov. 02 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Nov. 03 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 06 – Boston, MA – TD Garden*
Nov. 08 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 09 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 23 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
Nov. 24 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Nov. 27 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Nov. 28 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Nov. 30 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Dec. 01 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Dec. 04 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena
Dec. 06 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Dec. 08 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 09 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Dec. 14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Dec. 15 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

2019

Jan. 11 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Jan. 12 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Jan. 15 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Jan. 16 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Jan. 18 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Jan. 19 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
Jan. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Jan. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Jan. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Jan. 26 – Scottsdale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Jan. 29 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino
Jan. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Feb. 01 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Feb. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Feb. 06 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Feb. 07 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Feb. 09 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Feb. 12 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center Omaha
Feb. 13 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Feb. 15 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Feb. 16 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Feb. 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Ent. and Sports Center
Feb. 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Feb. 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Feb. 27 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
Mar. 01 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
Mar. 02 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Mar. 05 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Mar. 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Mar. 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Mar. 09 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Mar. 12 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Mar. 13 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
Mar. 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Mar. 16 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center

May 01 – Vienna, Austria 0 Stadthalle
May 02 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
May 04 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
May 07 – Prague, Czech Rep. – O2 Arena
May 09 – Bremen, Germany – OVB Arena
May 11 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
May 12 – Oberhausen, Germany – KoPi Arena
May 15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
May 18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
May 19 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Scandinavium
May 22 – Hanover, Germany – Tui Arena
May 23 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
May 26 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
May 29 – Verona, Italy – Arena
May 30 – Verona, Italy – Arena
Jun 01 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Bowling Green
Jun 08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jun 12 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
Jun 13 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
Jun 26 – Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center
Jun 29 – Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival
Jun 30 – Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival
Jul 03 – Graz, Austria – Mese Graz Open Air
Jul 05 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle

Sep 10 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sep 11 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

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