Elton John Postpones UK, Europe Legs Of ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ Tour

The star is being forced to reschedule the dates yet again due to the debilitating effects of a fall he suffered during the late summer.

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Elton John - Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for iHeart Media
Elton John - Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Elton John has postponed the 2021 UK and European legs of his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’. The already-rescheduled farewell shows had been set to take place from the end of this month through to December, with UK dates including gigs in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

John has now confirmed this morning (September 16) that he has been forced to reschedule his remaining 2021 tour dates to 2023, saying that it is a decision he took “with great sadness and a heavy heart”.

“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,” the singer explained in his statement. “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 complications. I will be undertaking a program of intensive physiotherapy that will ensure a full recovery and a return to full mobility without pain.”

John continued by explaining that he still intends to play his forthcoming charity gig for the Global Citizen event on September 25 “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 travelling overnight between countries,” he said. “After this I will be having the operation to ensure the tour can get back on the road in January 2022 in New Orleans.

“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.”

Ticketholders for John’s rescheduled UK and European ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ gigs will receive new event information shortly, and all original tickets will be honored at the rescheduled shows.

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