Elton John‘s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour reached its conclusion on July 8 in Stockholm, Sweden at the Tele2 Arena. This landmark 330th and final date marked the end of a historic tour which sees John say farewell to over 50 years on the road. The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour kicked off on September 10th, 2018, in North America and has subsequently seen John play to over 6.25 million fans across the UK, Europe, North America and Australasia regions.
The show featured some of John’s most beloved songs from his legendary catalog, including “Bennie and the Jets,” “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Philadelphia Freedom” climaxing in a three-song encore of “Cold Heart,” “Your Song” and a thrilling finale of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
After leaving the stage, John said, “When we set off on my final tour in 2018, I couldn’t have foreseen in my wildest dreams the twists and turns and the highs and lows this tour—and the whole world—would have experienced in the next 5 years. And every step of the way, my fans have been there. They have stuck with me, they have supported me, they have been patient, and they have kept turning out for every single last show. Tonight has been magical. I’m trying to process it, and I don’t think it will sink in for a while yet that I’m finally finished touring. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss the fans and how much their support has humbled me—it will stay with me forever.”
John also gave a send-off to his incredible band mates who have joined him on stage throughout the tour—and the previous 50 years—including Davey Johnstone (Musical Director, guitar, and backup vocals, Nigel Olsson (drums), Ray Cooper (percussion), John Mahon (percussion), Kim Bullard (keyboards) and Matt Bissonette (bass).
Having played almost 4,600 shows in 80 countries during his half century, John made the decision in 2017 to come off the road and dedicate more time to his family. The ensuing “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” has broken records and achieved high realms of critical and commercial success.
The U.S. leg of the tour, which included eight nights at Madison Square Garden, finished with three sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium, the last of which was live-streamed on Disney + in every single territory as Elton John: Farewell From Dodger Stadium.
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