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Elton John retiring from touring in 2021 after 300-date tour (MSG & Barclays included)

Elton John

Elton John has announced that he’ll retire from touring in 2021, after 300 more tour dates happening over the next three years. The tour will begin this September.

His tour includes NYC shows on 10/18, 10/19, and 11/8 at Madison Square Garden and 3/8/19 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, February 2 at 10 AM with various presales starting beforehand.

Currently announced North American dates run through March 2019, and NME reports that he’ll do another North American run in the fall of 2019 (including Long Island and Newark), plus UK/Europe in 2019/2020, Asia in November/December 2019, South America in 2020, and Australia/New Zealand in late 2019/early 2020. All known dates are listed below.

He revealed the news in a livestreamed video that includes a live performance from Elton and an interview with Anderson Cooper. Elton said, “The announcement is that I am not going to be touring anymore apart from the last tour which is going to start in September of this year — that’ll be a global tour. And it’s the last time that I will be touring and traveling the world, because my priorities have changed in my life. Ten years ago, if you had said I’m gonna stop touring, I’d say ‘no no, I’m a working musician, I always play,’ but we have children and they’ve changed our lives. In 2015, David and I sat down with their school schedule and I thought, ‘I don’t wanna miss too much of this.’ I’ve had an amazing life, I’ve had an amazing career, I’ve been so incredibly lucky, and I just — my life has changed, the priorities in my life have changed. My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family.” He won’t be done with music for good though. He adds, “When I say I’m stopping touring, I’m not stopping music. I will be hopefully making more records, I’ll be writing more musicals, I’ll doing more exhibitions with our photography.” You can watch the full video (which has a VR option) below.

Before the final tour, Elton John will be honored with a sold-out Grammy Awards tribute concert at NYC’s Theatre at MSG on January 30. He’s performing at it too, along with Miley Cyrus, Kesha, John Legend, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Keith Urban. He’s also doing a Vegas residency from February through May.

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Elton John — Farwewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
September 8 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
September 11 & 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Wells Fargo Center
September 15 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
September 16 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
September 19 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
September 21 & 22 – Washington DC @ Capital One Arena
September 25 & 26 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
September 28 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
September 29 – Québec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
October 4 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
October 6 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
October 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
October 12 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
October 15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
October 18 & 19 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
October 23 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
October 24 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
October 26 & 27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
October 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
November 2 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
November 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
November 8 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
November 23 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
November 24 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
November 27 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
November 28 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
November 30 & December 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
December 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
December 6 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
December 8 & 9 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
December 12 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
December 14 & 15 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
January 11, 2019 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
January 12, 2019 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
January 15, 2019 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
January 16, 2019 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden1 Center
January 18, 2019 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
January 19, 2019 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
January 22 & 23, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
January 26, 2019 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
January 29, 2019 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
February 7, 2019 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
February 9, 2019 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
February 12, 2019 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
February 13, 2019 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
February 19, 2019 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
February 21, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
February 27, 2019 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
March 1, 2019 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
March 8, 2019 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
March 12, 2019 – Raleigh, NC @PNC Arena
March 13, 2019 – Columbia, SC @Colonial Life Arena
March 15, 2019 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

NORTH AMERICA – Fall 2019 – On Sale from December 7, 2018
Anaheim * Baltimore * Bossier City * Calgary * Charlotte * Chattanooga * Des Moines * Edmonton * Eugene * Grand Forks * Green Bay * Greenville * Indianapolis * Las Vegas * Lexington * Long Island * Madison * Manchester * Newark * Memphis * N. Little Rock * Oklahoma City * Peoria * Regina * Salt Lake City * San Francisco * Saskatoon * Sioux Falls * Tacoma * Wichita * Winnipeg * Vancouver

UK – 2019/2020 – On Sale September 2018
Plymouth * Cardiff * Brighton * London * Liverpool * Leeds * Aberdeen * Glasgow * Sheffield * Birmingham * Newcastle * Nottingham * Manchester

EUROPE – 2019/2020 – On Sale TBA
Paris * Bordeaux * Marseille * Lyon * Nimes ** Madrid * Zaragoza * Valencia * Palma * Malaga * Seville ** Cologne * Mannheim * Leipzig * Berlin * Hamburg ** Rome * Lucca * Bologna * Milan ** Faro * Lisbon * Oporto ** St Petersburg * Moscow ** Tel Aviv ** Oslo ** Stockholm ** Helsinki ** Vilnius ** Riga ** Tallinn ** Wroclaw ** Budapest ** Graz * Linz ** Liechtenstein ** Bern ** Andorra

ASIA – November/December 2019 – On Sale from November 1, 2018
Tokyo * Hong Kong * Singapore * Seoul * ADDITIONAL MARKETS TO FOLLOW

SOUTH AMERICA – 2020 – On Sale September 2019
Sao Paulo * Rio de Janeiro * Belo Horizonte * Porto Alegre * Buenos Aires * Santiago

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – Late 2019, early 2020 – On Sale November 26, 2018
Sydney * Melbourne * Brisbane * Adelaide * Perth *

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