Elton John's farewell tour concludes with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

By Mia Taylor July 9, 2023

Elton John retires from touring with a poignant last performance in Sweden, marking the end of his expansive five-decade long touring career.

Signifying the end of an era, Elton John bid farewell to his touring career on Saturday with his last performance for the 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour' at Tele2 Arena, Sweden. This marked the end of his five-decade long journey, with the Stockholm concert being his 330th performance.

Honoring his fans, John acknowledged their unwavering support throughout his career, attributing much of his success to their loyalty. Their consistent presence at his shows left a profound impact on him.

The final show was steeped in magic and emotion. John voiced his struggle in accepting that he had finished touring. He expressed his deep love and gratitude towards his fan base, whose relentless support left him humbled.

John's monumental journey commenced in 1970. Since then, he has performed nearly 4,600 shows across 80 countries. In 2017, he made a life-altering decision to retire from touring in favor of spending more time with his family.

Adding to the nostalgia, Coldplay delivered a heartfelt message of thanks via a live video link-up during their simultaneous performance in Gothenburg, Sweden. They acknowledged John's inspiration to countless artists and bands. The group also lauded his significant contributions to the AIDS Foundation and the LGBTQ+ community.

The Swedish concert presented a nostalgic repertoire including 'Bennie and the Jets,' 'Rocket Man,' 'Tiny Dancer,' 'Philadelphia Freedom', and ‘Your Song.’ The finale saw him performing 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.' John concluded his farewell evening by teasing a possible limelight return, providing hope to his ardent fans.