Elton John on his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour: “It’s something I wanna finish”

Elton John has discussed his delayed ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour, saying it’s “something I wanna finish”.

The already-rescheduled farewell shows had been set to take place from the end of September through to December, with UK dates including gigs in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

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John then confirmed last month that he was forced to reschedule his remaining 2021 tour dates to 2023, after he “fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since”.

Speaking to NME for a new Big Read cover feature around the release of his new collaborative album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, John said he is determined to finish the tour, but that it will also certainly be his last.

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“It’s something I wanna finish,” he told NME. “I’m looking forward to doing it and going out on the high that we were on – we were an express train that hit the buffers. At the moment I finish supposedly in 2023, in the summer, by which time I’ll be 76 – and that’s it, baby.

“I can’t wait to do it and have a great time, and I can’t wait to finish and say, ‘No more – I’ve had enough.’”

Of his plans for the future, John added: “I will do records and I’ll do my radio show, but as far as schlepping and doing shows? I’ve had enough applause. I wanna be with my family. I wanna be with my boys.

“I’ll still be creative, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life flying here, flying there. I can’t do any more than I’ve done now and save for the odd charity thing that may come up, that’s it for me.”

You can find more information about the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’ here, and see Elton John’s rescheduled UK tour dates for 2023 below.

April 2023


2 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Sunday 14 November 2021)


4 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Tuesday 2 November 2021)


5 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Wednesday 3 November 2021)


8 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Friday 12 November 2021)


9 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Sunday 7 November 2021)


12 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Wednesday 17 November 2021)


13 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Wednesday 10 November 2021)


16 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Tuesday 9 November 2021)


17 – The O2, London (rescheduled from Tuesday 16 November 2021)


19 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham (rescheduled from Sunday 21 November 2021)


22 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (rescheduled from Saturday 27 November 2021)


23 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (rescheduled from Sunday 28 November 2021)

May 2023


31 – AO Arena, Manchester (rescheduled from Wednesday 1 December 2021)

June 2023


2 – AO Arena, Manchester (rescheduled from Friday 19 November 2021)


3 – AO Arena, Manchester (rescheduled from Sunday 30 October 2021)


6 – First Direct Arena, Leeds (rescheduled from Friday 5 November 2021)


10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham (rescheduled from Tuesday 23 November 2021)


11 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham (rescheduled from Wednesday 24 November 2021)


13 – P& Live, Aberdeen (rescheduled from Thursday 9 December 2021)


15 – P& Live, Aberdeen (rescheduled from Friday 10 December 2021)


17 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (rescheduled from Monday 13 December 2021)


18 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (rescheduled from Tuesday 14 December 2021)