Elton John Sets 18-Date 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' Tour of Australia and New Zealand

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Elton John performs on Jan. 18, 2019.

The Rocket Man’s farewell tour of Australia and New Zealand will blast off later this year. 

The Australasian leg of Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road trek spans 18 arena and open-air shows and will be the veteran British artist’s “most extensive tour of the region to date,” according to an announcement made by promoter Chugg Entertainment.

Elton’s final run through Australia starts with back-to-back shows at Perth’s HBF Park (formerly nib Stadium) on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and will visit the capital cities and a handful of wineries, including three A Day On The Green shows.

Also on the itinerary is a show at Victoria’s iconic Hanging Rock over the January 2020 public holiday long weekend. Elton will be just the seventh artist to perform at Hanging Rock, following the likes of the late Leonard Cohen, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil, according to a statement issued by Michael Gudinksi’s Frontier Touring, promoter of the one-off concert.

As the itinerary stands, New Zealand will host three shows, the final at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Feb. 9, 2020. But don’t bet against Elton’s visit expanding well beyond 20 shows with new dates, including North Queensland, expecting to be announced later this year.

With Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John calls time on touring with a mighty trek spanning 300 shows across five continents. The Hall of Famer promises his fans Down Under a “musical and visual journey” across his glittering 50-year career. 

Elton and Australia have a long history together. The British legend played 196 concerts across the country since his first show in these parts at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on Oct. 17, 1971. In the years since, he’s played to more than 1.5 million people across the country, and he set the house record at the old Sydney Entertainment Centre. Fittingly, he played the last shows at the venue, in December 2015, prior to its demolition. Away from the stage, Elton married the sound engineer Renate Blauel in Sydney back in 1984 (the marriage last three years).

“I always love coming back to Australia,” he says in a statement. “Ever since my first visit in 1971 it has held a very special place in my heart.”

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Elton John’s 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour Down Under

Nov. 30 -- HBF Park (Formerly Nib Stadium), Perth
Dec. 1 -- HBF Park, Perth
Dec. 4 -- Botanic Park Adelaide
Dec. 10 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Dec. 11 -- Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Dec. 18 -- Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Dec. 21 -- ICC Sydney Theatre
Dec. 23 -- ICC Sydney Theatre
Jan. 7 -- Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Jan. 11 -- Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW
Jan. 18 – Mount Cotton, Sirromet Wines, QLD (*A Day On The Green)
Jan. 22 -- Carrington Park, Bathurst, NSW
Jan. 25 -- Hanging Rock, Woodend, VIC
Jan. 29 -- All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC (*A Day On The Green)
Jan. 31 -- Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC (*A Day On The Green)

New Zealand
Feb. 4 -- Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 
Feb. 8 --  Mission Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay
Feb. 9 – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland