Elton John announces farewell Australian tour
Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
MUSIC ICON ANNOUNCES FIFTEEN AUSTRALIAN & THREE NEW ZEALAND SHOWS IN 2019 & 2020
Sir Elton John, recently crowned by Billboard as the most successful performing male solo artist of all time, today reveals details of the epic 18-date Australia–New Zealand leg of his global Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Between December 2019 and February 2020, Elton John will traverse Australia and New Zealand, in what will be the legendary music icon’s most extensive tour of the region to date. The tour will kick off with record breaking back-to-back appearances at Perth’s HBF Park on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2019, a huge 48 years on from his first ever Australian show, which took place at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on 17th October, 1971.
Elton will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences, on his very last tour, playing across a mammoth run that includes Capital City concerts, along with stops at some of Australia’s finest outdoor venues from the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate to Rutherglen’s All Saints Estate, Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley, Queensland’s Sirromet Wines, Hanging Rock and Bathurst’s Carrington Park.
“Elton’s continuing love affair with Australia knows no bounds, proven by this farewell tour, and the breadth and depth of the itinerary, showing his commitment to his many Australian fans”, said promoter Michael Chugg. “On his very last tour, he wanted to return to some of his favourite cities, while also playing for fans in a couple of never-before-visited locations.”
Mix 102.3 Breakfast hosts, Jodie and Soda, will have the first tickets to Elton John's farewell Adelaide show at Botanic Park to give away on Monday 4 February 2019.
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.
Sir Elton John said, “I always love coming back to Australia. Ever since my first visit in 1971 it has held a very special place in my heart.” Elton’s enduring history with Australia is evident across the years, notably in 2012, when he opened the Perth Arena, and most recently delivering the final performance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre [since demolished], in December 2015.
He bids farewell to the road almost fifty years on from his debut Australian show, having played 196 concerts and performing to more than 1.5 million people across the country in that time. Since his career began in 1969, he has performed a staggering 4000-plus shows in more than 80 countries.
The performer said that after the tour finishes he looks forward to “coming off the road and dedicating more time to raising my children”.
Tickets (for capital city shows) go on sale Thursday 14 February, 9am local time. Tickets for wineries and Bathurst shows go on sale Friday 15 February, 9am local time.
ELTON JOHN | FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR, 2019-2020
Presented by Chugg Entertainment, in association with AEG
Saturday 30 November 2019 – HBF Park
Sunday 1 December 2019 – HBF Park
Wednesday 4 December 2019 – Botanic Park Adelaide
Tuesday 10 December 2019 – Rod Laver Arena
Wednesday 11 December 2019 – Rod Laver Arena
Wednesday 18 December 2019 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 21 December 2019 – ICC Sydney Theatre
Monday 23 December 2019 – ICC Sydney Theatre
Tuesday 7 January 2020 - Qudos Bank Arena
HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
Saturday 11 January 2020 – Hope Estate
MOUNT COTTON, QLD
Saturday 18 January 2020 – Sirromet Wines – A Day On The Green
Wednesday 22 January 2020 – Carrington Park
Saturday 25 January 2020 – Hanging Rock
Wednesday 29 January 2020 – All Saints Estate – A Day On The Green
YARRA VALLEY, VIC
Friday 31 January 2020 – Rochford Wines – A Day On The Green
Wednesday 5 February 2020 – Forsyth Barr Stadium
HAWKE’S BAY, NZ
Saturday 8 February 2020 – Mission Estate Winery
Sunday 9 February 2020 – Mt Smart Stadium
Fans should visit www.oznz.eltonjohn.com to sign up for pre-sales and all the latest tour information.