Elton John Postpones All 2021 Tour Dates: Surgery

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Elton John (Photo: Rocket Entertainment – Ben Gibson; used with permission)

Elton John has postponed his 2021 European and U.K. dates due to hip surgery. The Sept. 14 announcement noted that the musical legend recently “fell awkwardly on a hard surface” and has “been in considerable pain and discomfort ever since.”

The farewell tour was scheduled to finally resume on Sept. 28 in Copenhagen with 37 dates including a lengthy residency in London. All of those shows are now being moved to 2023. The tour has been on a lengthy hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic. The last concert took place on March 7, 2020, in Australia. It now resumes Jan. 19, 2022, in New Orleans.

One 2021 performance, however, remains on his 2021 schedule. John will do five songs on Sept. 25 for the annual Global Citizen event. He describes that as “a very different physical undertaking to the demands of playing to close to three hours every night on tour and traveling overnight between countries.

“I know how patient my incredible fans have been since Covid halted touring last year, and it breaks my heart to keep you waiting any longer. I completely feel your frustrations after the year we’ve had. I promise you this – the shows will return to the road next year and I will make sure they are more than worth the wait.”

On June 23, announced his “final tour dates ever” of North America and Europe with the “most spectacular production I’ve ever had.” The legend will conclude his farewell tour at major stadiums which will kick off on May 27, 2022 in Frankfurt and include stops in Europe in major cities such as Milan, Liverpool, and Paris. He will then travel “take his final bow” in North America, with a stadium run that begins in Philadelphia on July 15, 2022 before concluding with back-to-back performances at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on November 19 and 20, 2022 — commemorating his iconic performance at the historic venue in October 1975. 2023 starts with two shows in Auckland, New Zealand on January 27 and 28, followed by soon-to-be-announced dates in Australia before the epic four-year tour formally concludes there later that year.

The celebratory tour kicked off on Sept. 18, 2018. The performer originally announced the tour on January 24, 2018, via a live streamed press conference.

John first shared the news of the tour via YouTube.

Read our recap of opening night here.

See the updated schedule below. Tickets are available here.

On Sept. 23, 2020, John rescheduled many other North American dates of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to 2022. The star had postponed the North American dates on April 23, 2020 due to the pandemic. (On July 7, he had moved his extensive European and U.K. run to 2021. Those concerts were to commence on Sept. 5, 2020 and continue through December 2020.)

In the September 23 announcement, the legendary performer said, “I’ve been enjoying my time at home with the family while the world navigates its way through the COVID pandemic. But, I really miss being on the road and performing for my beloved fans in my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. While the scientists are making great progress, we are making big plans for a return to touring that will allow us to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”

John also said that his 2021 New Zealand concerts would be moved to 2023. On Sept. 17, he shared news of a series of archival collectionsElton: Jewel Box.

His earlier July 7 announcement noted, “It breaks my heart that we have had to reschedule the 2020 dates we were all looking forward to so much, but my team and I have been working diligently on rescheduled plans for 2021.

“As you can imagine, touring is a huge undertaking so we have needed time to sort through all the details to make sure we can visit every city and play every show we already have on sale.

“Thank you for your patience whilst we have been doing this. Stay safe and healthy everyone.”

The earlier April 23 announcement, which revealed the postponement of the North American dates, stated: “This tough decision has been made with the continued safety and well-being of his fans at a time when health services are under increased pressure and with the concern that these gatherings continue to risk accelerating the spread of the coronavirus.”

In a March 16 video that he posted on Twitter, the legend noted that he has already performed an astounding 179 shows already. In the clip, he noted that the virus was “extremely dangerous, if we don’t take precaution.”

Ticketholders of all 2020 postponed performances should hold onto their original tickets for the 2021 and 2022 dates.

The concerts typically feature 24-25 songs of the performer’s classic rock hits including such favorites as “Your Song,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Burn Down the Mission.” One highlight has been a rollicking version of “Levon.”

Watch him perform “Levon” on the tour’s opening night, September 16, 2018

At the original press conference, John said the tour will encompass as much as three years and 300 dates. He said he expects to perform on “every continent” before he calls it quits.

The Elton John biopic, Rocketman, earned $195 million at the worldwide box-office. With $96 million in the U.S., it’s now the 4th-biggest music biopic of all-time, though it won’t achieve the lofty numbers of Bohemian Rhapsody. The latter, at $216 million in the U.S., shattered the previous record holder: Straight Outta Compton, with $161mm.

Related: Our review of Rocketman

Watch him perform “I’m Still Standing” on June 13, 2019

His autobiography, Me, arrived October 15, 2019.

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

2022 Dates (Tickets are available here)

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
May 21 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
May 22 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
May 27 – Frankfurt – Deutsche Bank Park
May 29 – Leipzig – Red Bull Arena
Jun 04 – Milan – San Siro Stadium
Jun 07 – Horsens – CASA Arena
Jun 09 – Arnhem – Gelredome
Jun 11 – Paris – La Defense Arena
Jun 15 – Norwich – Carrow Road
Jun 17 – Liverpool – Arnfield Stadium
Jun 19 – Sunderland – Stadium of Light
Jun 22 – Bristol – Ashton Gate Stadium
Jun 24 – London – Hyde Park
Jun 29 – Swansea – Liberty Stadium
Jul 01 – Cork, Ireland – Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Jul 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
Jul 18 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
Jul 23 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
Jul 28 – Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
Jul 30 – Cleveland, OH – Progressive Field
Aug 05 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
Sep 07 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
Sep 10 – Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome
Sep 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
Sep 18 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
Sep 22 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Sep 24 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park
Sep 30 – Arlington, tX – Globe Life Field
Oct 02 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
Oct 21 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
Oct 29 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
Nov 04 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
Nov 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field
Nov 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
Nov 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium

2023
Jan 27 – Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium
Jan 28 – Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium
Mar 28 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
Mar 29 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
Mar 31 – Belfast, UK – The SSE Arena
Apr 02 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 04 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 05 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 08 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 09 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 12 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 13 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 16 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 17 – London, UK – The O2
Apr 19 – Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
Apr 22 – Liverpool, UK – M&S Bank Arena
Apr 23 – Liverpool, UK – M&S Bank Arena
Apr 27 – Munich, DE – Olympiahalle
May 02 – Hamburg, DE – Barclaycard Arena
May 04 – Hamburg, DE – Barclaycard Arena
May 05 – Hamburg, DE – Barclaycard Arena
May 08 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes Benz Arena
May 10 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes Benz Arena
May 11 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes Benz Arena
May 13 – Mannheim, DE – SAP Arena
May 16 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
May 18 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
May 19 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
May 22 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
May 23 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
May 27 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
May 28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
May 31 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
Jun 02 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
Jun 03 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
Jun 06 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
Jun 10 – Birmingham, UK – Ultilita Arena
Jun 11 – Birmingham, UK – Ultilita Arena
Jun 13 – Aberdeen, UK – P&J Live
Jun 15 – Aberdeen, UK – P&J Live
Jun 17 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
Jun 18 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
Jun 25 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Jun 27 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Jun 28 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Jul 01 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Jul 02 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Jul 05 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Jul 07 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2 Arena
Jul 08 – Stockholm, SE – Tele2 Arena
TBD – Helsinki, FI – Hartwall Arena
TBD – Helsinki, FI – Hartwall Arena

Tickets are available here and here.

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