Dates are postponed until 2023
Elton John has been forced to postpone the 2021 dates of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in Europe and the UK to 2023. The rocker says he will undergo hip surgery following a fall earlier this summer.
“At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since. Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving. I have been advised to have an operation as soon as possible to get me back to full fitness and make sure there are no long-term physiotherapy that will ensure a full recovery and a return to full mobility without pain,” John shares on social media.
He continues, “I know how patient my incredible fans have been since COVID halted touring last year, and it breaks my heart to keep you waiting any longer. I completely feel your frustrations after the year we’ve had. I promise you this — the shows will return to the road next year and I will make sure they are more than worth the wait.”
The trek was supposed to run three years, but has been extended due to COVID-19. 2023 kicks off with two shows in Auckland, New Zealand on January 27th and 28th, followed by soon-to-be-announced dates in Australia.
John says the decision will not affect his performance at Global Citizens Live next weekend.
“I am going to complete the charitable Global Citizen event on 25th September as I don’t want to let a charity down. Being just five songs it’s a very different physical undertaking to the demands of playing for close to three hours every night on tour and traveling overnight between countries. After this I will be having the operation to ensure the tour can get back on the road in January of 2022 in New Orleans.”
Global Citizen Live is part of Global Citizen’s overarching Recovery Plan for the World, a year-long campaign to help end COVID-19 by calling on governments, philanthropists, and the private sector for financial commitments to kickstart a global recovery.
John will release The Lockdown Sessions, an album of collaborations recorded remotely over the last 18 months. The 16 track album will be released on October 22nd via Interscope Records.