Elton John celebrates final US shows with multiple celebrations

John wraps US leg of five-year-long tour at Dodger Stadium

In 1975, music history was made when Elton John took the stage at Dodger Stadium, decked out in a sequined replica of the Los Angeles baseball team’s uniform. While John was arguably the world’s biggest pop star at the time, the sold out, two-night engagement was a particularly momentous occasion – not only marking the ballpark’s first concert in more than a decade (following The Beatles’ 1966 appearance) but also breaking records as the largest rock concert of its time. It was a significant achievement – particularly given that just five  years earlier, across town, the British singer-songwriter had made his US debut, playing in front of 300 people at West Hollywood’s hallowed Troubadour Club.

Now, nearly 50 years later, John will close out the final US dates of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at Dodger Stadium on November 17, 19, and 20, 2022. To celebrate these three special concerts – Disney+ will broadcast an exclusive livestream of the November 20th show Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium. Disney is also capturing the footage for the upcoming original documentary, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years That Made His Legend. Beginning today (Fri, Nov 11th), the Rocket Man is inviting fans to take part in a scavenger hunt at landmarks across the city in an effort to participate in Elton’s historic love affair with Los Angeles. At each stop, fans can unlock access to a giveaway, offering them the chance to win an exclusive prize pack, including Elton John merchandise, copies of John’s best-selling Diamonds album, vinyl packages, and additional surprises. The Grand Prize winner will receive two tickets to see Elton John in concert at Dodger Stadium on November 19th.

The #EltonLATakeover “Scavenger Hunt” Promotion kicks off at four locations in Los Angeles: West Hollywood’s Carrera Café; Hollywood’s SuperVinyl, Beverly Hills’ The Webster; and The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Each location will post a unique QR code inside or outside, providing access to individual giveaway entry forms, where fans can have a chance to win merch prizes exclusive to each location. Plus, fans will also be able to enter for a chance to win concert tickets in the Grand Prize Giveaway. Entries for the merch prizes will be accepted until November 20th, while the Grand Prize Giveaway will run through November 16th.

Fans can also discover LA landmarks from Elton’s past and present on an interactive map, available at la.eltonjohn.com. The immersive experience, built in partnership with Google Maps Platform, lets fans explore the City of Angels through Elton’s eyes while learning the story behind some of his favorite spots, including the Troubadour, Supervinyl, and Book Soup. The map will also point fans toward many of the exciting Elton-themed experiences that will take place around the city to celebrate the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Five winners from each of the four locations will be selected at random to win merch prizes, including an Elton X Troubadour t-shirt and an Elton John 50th anniversary vinyl and lithograph bundle at The Troubadour; an exclusive Webster print plus an Elton John Jewel Box 8 CD box set at The Webster; three different “Hold Me Closer” single CDs, an Elton x LA t-shirt, and a Diamonds 2-LP set with an accompanying lithograph at Carrera Café; as well as a 2 LP Lockdown Sessions vinyl, Madman Across the Water 50th- Anniversary 4 LP box set, and a Regimental Sgt. Zippo LP at SuperVinyl.

Fans will also be able to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway and obtain up to twelve entries by collecting the two letters displayed at every #EltonLATakeover Scavenger Hunt location (letters provide one bonus entry per location) and using the collected letters to complete the eight-letter word scramble for four more bonus entries. One winner will be randomly selected for the Grand Prize Giveaway, which includes two tickets to see Elton John at Dodger Stadium on November 19th, a Diamonds single LP baseball picture disc, two Dodger ’75 frames from Elton John Eyewear, and a t-shirt. The winner will be contacted by November 17th.

From November 11–25th, The Webster, in partnership with Bravado, will be celebrating Elton’s final US shows with a pop-up in its newest location at the Beverly Center. Housed in a sensorial installation by visual artist Sarah Coleman, the unique experience will offer a range of limited edition Elton John products commissioned by The Webster brands, including Marine Serre, Christopher Kane, 032C, and Bravado, plus prints from Iconic Prints and limited edition vinyl LPs.

Additionally, from November 12th through January 15th, Elton John presents Elton John Eyewear at The Grove. Fifty years in the making, this very special shop will showcase the life and legacy of Sir Elton John as told through iconic eyewear. The shop will also feature special commemorative merchandise, vinyl, and a digital experience, including a newly announced Roblox activation.

Fans outside of Los Angeles will also have an opportunity to participate in the festivities through the #EltonLATakeover International Giveaway, available via John’s official website from November 11–20th. Open to residents of the US, Canada, and the UK, the digital giveaway will give one lucky winner a deluxe prize pack, including a signed tour program, an Elton x LA t-shirt, a Diamonds 2 LP set with lithograph, plus a Diamonds single LP baseball picture disc.

Most recently, John celebrated the fifth anniversary of his bestselling album, Elton John: Diamonds – The Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection, with an expanded digital reissue that highlights the iconic artist’s recent collaborations. Among the additions are Elton’s chart-topping duets with Dua Lipa (“Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”) and Britney Spears (“Hold Me Closer”), as well as his 2021 No. 1 UK holiday hit with Ed Sheeran, “Merry Christmas.” Originally released in 2017, Diamonds marked Elton’s first career-spanning collection in a decade and commemorated the artist’s unparalleled, 50-year-long creative partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Since its release, Diamonds has spent a consecutive 259 weeks in the Billboard Top 200, 157 of which have been in the Top 50. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, the project is currently sitting at No.41.

One of the top-selling solo artists of all time, Elton John, announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at New York’s Gotham Hall in January 2018. Encompassing five continents and more than 350 dates, the five-year-long engagement began in September 2018 and marks the legendary singer-songwriter’s retirement from touring after more than 50 years on the road. In 2019 it was named Billboard’s Top Rock Tour and Pollstar’s Major Tour Of The Year. To date, Elton has delivered more than 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries since launching his first tour in 1970.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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