After a 50-year career, the 70-year-old Hall of Fame musician will say goodbye following three-year farewell tour – Could Elton John headline Glastonbury on its 50th anniversary?
Yesterday (January 24), at a press conference held at New York City’s Gotham Hall, Elton John announced that he will be retiring from the road after a lengthy, three-year ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour in order to spend more time with his family.
In a written statement Elton said: “Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe. I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”
The tour’s 2019/2020 UK current itinerary is as follows and will include most major cities: Plymouth * Cardiff * Brighton * London * Liverpool * Leeds * Aberdeen * Glasgow * Sheffield * Birmingham * Newcastle * Nottingham * Manchester. – tickets will go on Sale September 2018.
All that being said, with ticket sale day for Glastonbury Festival 2019 set to take place this year, Sir Elton John’s announcement has been the latest rumour to spin the Glasto Rumour Mill‘s wheels with growing speculation of the ‘Rocket Man’ star finally taking to the iconic Pyramid Stage.
Being one of the very few icons which have yet to make an appearance at Worthy Farm, seeing out his half-a-century career at Glastonbury would certainly be fitting, especially taking into account Glastonbury 2020 would also coincide with the festival’s 50th anniversary.
Back in 2015, Elton John revealed that he has never been asked to play Glastonbury festival. Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if he would play at Glastonbury, he said: “I’ve never been asked… so I can’t answer that question until they ask me.”
The ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ announcement took place at 9.30 PT / 12.30 ET / 17.30 GMT and was streamed live on YouTube – watch the full tour announcement in 360º VR above.