Chart Beat

Elton John Kicks Off Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour With $42 Million Earned

Elton John
Daniel Boczarski/Redferns

Elton John performs at United Center on Oct. 27, 2018 in Chicago. 

The final reports of the first leg of Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour amount to $42.5 million, enough to handily top the Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Dec. 22, 2018, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The 22 shows that impact the latest Hot Tours tally (see below) sold a combined 321,984 tickets. When combined with figures from reports throughout the fall, Elton’s ongoing tour has grossed $79.5 million from 588,558 tickets sold so far.

John began the trek playing to 8,983 fans at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Sept. 8, 2018, the tour’s least-attended engagement so far. In the time between opening night and the final show of the year at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, he has played 41 arena dates across North America. John doubled up in major markets like Chicago and Toronto and went as far as to play four shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden (with more New York shows on the books in 2019). Both two-night stints at MSG are the tour’s top earners, grossing $4.8 million on Oct. 18-19 and $5.2 million upon his return on Nov. 8-9.

In the new year, John will resume the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Boise, Idaho, on Jan. 11 and continue in North America through March 18 in Orlando. More European and North American dates are scheduled through the end of 2020, with even more to potentially be added. Among the most successful artists in history, John has grossed $1.2 billion since Billboard Boxscore began tracking touring data in 1990. With approximately 250 dates left before the curtain closes, we could see his final gross climb past the $1.5 billion mark.

Below, see the full Hot Tours tally, including Andrea Bocelli, Shania Twain and Phish.

 HOT TOURS - DEC. 22, 2018
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Dec. 11-17
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
1Elton John
 Sept. 19 - Dec. 15
 XL Center, Hartford, Conn. (1/1)
 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
 Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec (1/1)
 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec (1/1)
 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich (2/2)
 United Center, Chicago (2/2)
 Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. (1/1)
 Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/1)
 TD Garden, Boston, Mass. (1/1)
 Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
 BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla. (1/1)
 Legacy Arena at the BBJC, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La. (1/1)
 Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (1/1)
 AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (1/1)
 American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (2/2)
 321,984 (321,984)
2Sam Smith
 Oct. 2 - 28
 Indoor Stadium, Singapore (2/2)
 SM Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Phillipines (1/1)
 Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul, South Korea (1/1)
 Saltima Super Arena, Saltima, Japan (1/1)
 Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan (1/1)
 CotaiArena, Cotai, Macau (1/1)
 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai, China (1/1)
 Cadillac Arena, Beijing, China (1/1)
 Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand (1/1)
 91,768 (91,768)
 Oct. 31 - Nov. 3
 MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (0/4)
 58,840 (62,745)
4Marc Anthony
 Nov. 30 - Dec. 2
 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
 27.537 (27,537)
5Andrea Bocelli
 Dec. 5
 American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (0/1)
 12,852 (13,762)
6Jimmy Buffet
 Oct. 20
 MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (0/1)
 12,951 (13,085)
7Anuel AA
 Dec. 7 - 14
 Atlanta Coliseum, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla. (1/1)
 Houston Arena Theatre, Houston, Texas (1/1)
 15,980 (15,980)
8Andre Rieu
 RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (0/1)
 11,274 (11,627)
9Shania Twain
 Nov. 30
 RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (0/1)
 11,499 (12,633)
10Twenty One Pilots
 Nov. 7 - Dec. 7
 American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (0/1)
 RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (0/1)
 18,087 (20,820)