Yellow Brick Road Tour highest-grossing of all time
…AND THE Yellow Brick Road TOUR STILL ISN’T FINISHED!
Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road tour has officially been named the world’s highest-grossing tour of all time, beating the likes of Ed Sheeran, U2 and rock-and-roll legends, Guns and Roses. The tour started in 2018 and had to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as of February 1st, 2023, the Yellow Brick Road tour has been attended by 5,300,000 fans at 278 shows. Elton’s final ever shows will take place in the UK later this year, before coming to a close at London’s iconic O2 Arena for a 2-week residency.
The news has come the week that arch nemesis, Madonna announced her greatest hits tour. Over the past couple of decades, the pair have been at each other’s throats, both trying to market themselves as the world’s most prominent living legend. Since 2008, Madonna has claimed one of the biggest-selling tours of the century, after her Sticky and Sweet tour amassed a whopping $411 million. However, with the current Yellow Brick Road tour, Elton John has overtaken the queen of pop, pulling in an incredible $817 million, and it may ever reach the 1 billion milestones.
Since the tour began in 2018, the 75-year-old has made it crystal clear that this will be the last tour that the singer will embark on. Although Elton’s vocals and ability as a pianist are stronger than ever, Elton has been plagued with ill health in recent years, which has sometimes affected his ability to tour. In June last year, the Rocket Man singer was seen in a wheelchair, nursing a bad hip. The year before, in 2020, Elton also announced that he was suffering from pneumonia, which led to him cancelling his shows in New Zealand. Even though Elton revealed that he is in good health, completing a 5-year world tour at the age of 75 is no easy task.
Just months ago, Elton was announced as the headliner of the iconic Glastonbury music festival. “I couldn’t be more excited to be headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2023 and celebrate the greatest festival in the world,” said Elton, promoting the festival that’s due to take place in the summer of 2023. He continued: “Every week I speak to new artists on my radio show and Glastonbury is often cited as a pivotal moment in launching their careers – the festival’s genuine, enthusiastic support for the best-emerging talent is something I’ve long admired. Thank you for having me Emily Eavis for my final UK show – it’s going to be emotional.” The set is due to be a heart-wrenching moment for Elton as he begins his retirement from touring.
For decades Elton has remained at the top of his game. His timeless music has passed through generations and is still scaling the charts to this very day. “There is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans,” said Elton in an interview regarding the highly anticipated set on the Pyramid stage. Glastonbury will be a celebration of Elton’s extraordinary career and will be a tribute to his loyal fans who have supported him along the way.