After more than five decades on the road, legendary musician Elton John has officially retired from touring. The iconic artist concluded his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour with a final performance at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena, expressing his gratitude to fans for their unwavering support throughout his extraordinary musical journey.
“I can’t believe it’s been 52 years of pure joy,” John, now 76, shared with the emotional crowd. As he closed the night with heartfelt renditions of “Your Song” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” he couldn’t help but acknowledge the pivotal role his fans played in his success: “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for you. Your unwavering support, from buying records and concert tickets to simply being there, has meant everything to me.”
Following the concert, the five-time Grammy winner took to social media to express his deep appreciation. In a post-show statement, he thanked his fans for their unwavering loyalty, emphasizing the crucial role they played in his career. “You’ve been with me every step of the way,” he said. “Your love and support have been my guiding light throughout the years, and they will forever remain in my heart.”
During the farewell event, Elton John also received a heartfelt message from Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, who was performing in Sweden at the same time. Martin conveyed his love and admiration, speaking on behalf of all the bands and artists whom John has inspired and supported throughout his legendary career. “We just love you so much,” Martin expressed. “Happy retirement, and we’ll miss you terribly, dude.”
Reflecting on the incredible journey of his final tour, Elton John took to Instagram before the final show to share his thoughts. “This tour has been an extraordinary journey, and now we find ourselves at the end of it,” he wrote. “Tonight marks the grand finale.”
While Elton John has bid farewell to touring, he and his management have made it clear that this isn’t the end of his performances. Although he won’t be embarking on another tour, fans can look forward to the prospect of seeing him in a unique and special event, or perhaps a short residency at a single location. David Furnish, John’s husband and manager, clarified the distinction between retiring from touring and retiring from performing altogether, holding the promise of cherished moments in the years to come.
As Elton John concludes his touring career, his legacy remains an indelible mark on the music world. Through his timeless hits and captivating live performances, he has enchanted audiences for over half a century. Together, fans and the legendary musician have shared an incredible journey that will be cherished forever.