Why did Elton John postpone his farewell tour dates?

ELTON John's farewell tour has been postponed multiple times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On September 16, 2021, John posted a statement on Twitter that revealed his tour had to be postponed yet again, after it was scheduled to being this month.

Why did Elton John postpone his farewell tour dates?

John revealed that this time, the postponement doesn't have to do with the pandemic but his own personal health.

He said that he will have to undergo surgery on his hip after suffering a fall during his summer break.

"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," John writes in his statement. "Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving.

The 74-year-old Rocket Man will still perform at the Global Citizen festival on September 25 and he doesn'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 counties," John pointed out.

John estimates that he will be back on the road in January 2022 in New Orleans but his European and UK dates will be pushed back to 2023.

"I know how patient my incredible fans have been since Covid haltered touring last year, and it breaks my heart to keep you waiting any longer," John continued. "I completely feel you frustrations… I promise you this… I will make sure they are more than worth the wait."

What have fans said about the postponement?

After John released his statement on Twitter, fans commented and have since had mixed feelings.

While other have been sympathetic to his health, others are rightfully angry with how long they're having to wait.

"I wish you well @eltonofficial I really do. But how about letting people get a refund for these shows where they could now do with the cash back because of their own circumstances changing due to the pandemic?" one fan commented.

"5 years I will have had my ticket," another said while another added that she has had the tickets since 2018, when the tour was announced.

When the tour was first announced, it was revealed that it would be three years long but it is unknown if the timeline will change.


What are Elton John's North American tour dates?

As John prepares for surgery, he is hoping to be back on the road for the January 19, 2022 show in New Orleans.

At this time, John has not released his rescheduled tour dates for the European leg of the tour.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour's North American dates include:

  • Jan 19, 2022 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
  • Jan 21, 2022 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
  • Jan 22, 2022 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
  • Jan 25, 2022 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • Jan 26, 2022 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • Jan 29, 2022 – N. Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
  • Jan 30, 2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • Feb 1, 2022 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
  • Feb 4, 2022 – Chicago, IL – United Center
  • Feb 5, 2022 – Chicago, IL – United Center
  • Feb 8, 2022 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
  • Feb 9, 2022 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
  • Feb 14, 2022 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
  • Feb 15, 2022 – Toronto, ON –  Scotiabank Arena
  • Feb 18, 2022 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
  • Feb 19, 2022 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
  • Feb 22, 2022 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
  • Feb 23, 2022 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
  • Feb 25, 2022 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
  • March 1, 2022 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
  • March 2, 2022 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
  • March 5, 2022 – Long Island, NY – Nassau Coliseum
  • March 6, 2022 – Long Island, NY – Nassau Coliseum
  • March 19, 2022 – Fargo, ND – FARGODOME
  • March 22, 2022 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
  • March 23, 2022 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
  • March 26, 2022 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
  • March 27, 2022 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • March 30, 2022 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
  • April 1, 2022 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • April 2, 2022 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
  • April 5, 2022 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
  • April 8, 2022 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
  • April 9, 2022 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
  • April 12, 2022 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
  • April 13, 2022 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
  • April 16, 2022 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
  • April 19, 2022 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
  • April 20, 2022 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
  • April 23, 2022 – Jacksonville, FL – Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
  • April 24, 2022 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
  • April 27, 2022 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
  • April 28, 2022 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena

While the tour dates are subject to be changed, it was announced that all original tickets will be honored.

In July 2021, John announced that the Germany dates had to be postponed due to the countries Covid-19 restrictions.

"As we begin to exit this terrible global pandemic, we are all faced with regulations and restrictions that we must adhere to," John previously said.

"Based on the information we have received, venues in Germany will not be allowed to reopen to 100% capacity in the near future, and as we have sold 100% of the tickets to my show we have taken the decision to reschedule.

"We cannot wait to finally see you all again and thank you for all your love and support."

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