Sir Elton John today revealed that a Hanging Rock concert for Saturday 25 January 2020 will be included in his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
“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
Sir Elton John, recently crowned by Billboard as the most successful performing male solo artist of all time, today revealed that a Hanging Rock concert for Saturday 25 January 2020 will be included in the epic 15-date Australian leg of his global Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Between December 2019 and February 2020, Elton John will traverse Australia and New Zealand, in what will be the legendary music icon’s most extensive tour of the region to date. The tour will kick off at Perth’s HBF Park on Saturday 30 November, a huge 48 years on from his first ever Australian show, which took place at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on 17 October, 1971.
On his very last tour, Elton will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences playing across a mammoth run that, in addition to his Victorian Hanging Rock date, includes capital city concerts, and stops at some of Australia’s finest outdoor venues from the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate to Rutherglen’s All Saints Estate, Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley, Queensland’s Sirromet Wines, and Bathurst’s Carrington Park, with additional dates, including North QLD, to be announced later in 2019.
Frontier Touring head Michael Gudinski, the promoter for Sir Elton’s Hanging Rock concert said of the announcement “I’m delighted Sir Elton and my good friend Michael Chugg were able to include Hanging Rock in the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. It seems very appropriate that this iconic showman perform at this beautiful iconic venue at such a profound moment in his career.
“I’d also like to acknowledge the support of Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club who have agreed to move their Australia Day race meeting to Monday 27 January to allow Sir Elton’s concert to proceed. We’re deeply appreciative of their support.”
Beginning in Pennsylvania, USA in September 2018, Elton John’s three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour has already been hailed as one of his most “energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations”. Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs ‘Bennie and the Jets’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo1OwRTRKRk) , ‘Rocket Man’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtVBCG6ThDk) , ‘Tiny Dancer’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYcyacLRPNs) , ‘Crocodile Rock’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrpI7WbJcO8) , ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRYsWS5cJJs) and more, are showcased in a musical masterpiece that is a “reflective and stunning tribute to a great artist’s career” (NME), also celebrating his 50-plus year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin – one of the great song-writing partnerships of all time.
The milestone itinerary comprises more than 300 shows across five continents, spanning three years, 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.
“Playing live to other human beings is the greatest gift any artist could ever have”, said Sir Elton at his Chicago show.
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 show from his incredible 50-year career. Complete with brand new stage production, and tour wardrobe designed by Italian fashion house Gucci, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour is intimate and personal, while also spectacular and daring.
He will be joined by long standing 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.
Sir Elton John said, “I always love coming back to Australia. Ever since my first visit in 1971 it has held a very special place in my heart.”
Elton’s enduring history with Australia is evident across the years, notably in 2012, when he opened the Perth Arena, and most recently delivering the final performance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre [since demolished] in December 2015.
He bids farewell to the road almost fifty years on from his debut Australian show, having played 196 concerts and performing to more than 1.5 million people across the country in that time. Since his career began in 1969, he has performed a staggering 4000-plus shows in more than 80 countries.
The performer said that after the tour finishes, he looks forward to; “…coming off the road and dedicating more time to raising my children.
“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
Garnering rave reviews at sell-out shows across North America, Elton John’s curtain call will be the last chance to catch this legendary performer touring in Australia.
More than a concert; seeing Elton John at Victoria’s iconic Hanging Rock will be an incomparable memory to last a lifetime.
Tickets will go fast, don’t miss out on your spot at Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.
All Hanging Rock event info can be found at hangingrockconcerts.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtVBCG6ThDk
VIDEO: ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John
VIDEO: ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John
ELTON JOHN FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR
HANGING ROCK JANUARY 2020
Presented by Frontier Touring, Chugg Entertainment, in association with AEG Presents & Gold 104.3
HANGING ROCK TELSTRA THANKS® PRE-SALE
Runs 48 hours from: Friday 8 February (9am local)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted
HANGING ROCK FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALE
Runs 24 hours from: Wednesday 13 February (9am AEDT)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted
HANGING ROCK GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 15 February (9am AEDT)
Saturday 25 January 2020
Hanging Rock | Woodend, VIC*
All Ages Licensed**
ticketmaster.com.au (http://frntr.co/EltonJohn20HR ) | Ph: 136 100
*Please note Frontier Touring are only promoting the Elton John Hanging Rock concert. For information on other dates please visit oznz.eltonjohn.com
**Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times and have purchased a valid ticket. No concession tickets will be available for children.
Patrons are advised to purchase tickets only through authorised ticket sellers.
We cannot guarantee any ticket purchase made through any means other than
the official ticketing agents listed on the Frontier website.
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