Elton John reveals 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' NZ tour dates in 2020

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Elton John reveals 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' NZ tour dates in 2020

Grammy Award-winning artist and legendary music icon, Sir Elton John, is set to hit NZ roads for the last time with his epic 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour in February 2020. He will be winding up his five-date concerts happening at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium, Hawkes Bay's Mission Estate Winery and Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

Before taking his final bow in New Zealand, Elton John will first wrap up his most extensive tour in Australia. He will be performing a series of shows happening at Perth's HBF Park, Adelaide's Botanic Park, Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, International Convention Centre Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena, Hunter Valley's Hope Estate Winery, Bathurst's Carrington Park and Mt Macedon's Hanging Rock Reserve. He will also be doing 'A Day On The Green' shows, playing three outdoor venues—Mt Cotton's Sirromet Winery, Wahgunyah's All Saints Estate and Yarra Valley's Rochford Wines.

Elton John's three-year 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' global tour has kicked off in Pennsylvania, USA last September 2018, and has already been hailed as "one of his most energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations" (stuff.co.nz). His legendary catalogue of chart-topping hits: 'Bennie and the Jets', 'Rocket Man', 'Tiny Dancer', 'Crocodile Rock', 'Philadelphia Freedom' and more, are showcased in a musical masterpiece that is a "reflective and stunning tribute to a great artist’s career" (NME). Elton is also celebrating his 50-plus year collaboration with acclaimed English lyricist Bernie Taupin—one of the great songwriting partnerships of all time.

"The most elaborate, high-tech arena show Elton has ever attempted... A parade of mega-hits and one hell of a way to say goodbye." – Rolling Stone USA

"Each song felt so important. Each moment seemed so significant. And the crowd hung on every word, spoken or sung. It wasn't just a concert, but rather a chance for these fans to express their thanks to a performer whose music has played such a huge part in the soundtracks of their lives." – Mercury News, California

The milestone itinerary comprises more than 300 shows across five continents—with stops in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand—and marks the last tour of its kind by the celebrated songwriter and iconic showman. Elton John will be joined by longstanding band members Nigel Olsson on drums (part of Elton's original three-piece band in 1970), esteemed musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, virtuoso Ray Cooper on percussion, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

Audiences will experience a rare glimpse into Elton's life, and the deeply personal meaning behind some of his greatest hits, via mesmerising, never-before-seen images and videos displayed throughout the shows. Elton bids farewell to the road after performing a staggering 4000-plus shows in more than 80 countries.

"I'm ecstatic and humbled to continue to play for audiences across the globe. I plan to bring to my final tour the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades... It's the most produced and fantastic show I've ever done. I want to go out with a bang..." – Elton John

Tickets are sure to sell out so secure yours and don't miss Elton John's spellbinding and unforgettable NZ shows this 2020!