CHARLOTTE, NC — Elton John, perhaps one of the most iconic pop stars in the world, will soon embark on what will be his last concert tour, he announced Wednesday. But for his fans in the Carolinas, there is reason to celebrate. The Rocket Man has scheduled dates in North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will kick off on Sept. 8 and run for three years, with more than 300 shows scheduled across five continents. The show will hit PNC Arena in Raleigh on March 12, 2019.
The next night — March 13, 2019 — he will play the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.
“It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life,” said John, 70, at a lavish announcement event at Gotham Hall in New York City on Wednesday.
Since beginning a songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967, John has spent roughly five decades on the road during a career that has cemented him as a legend of pop and rock. He has sold more than 300 million records, charted 58 songs on the Billboard Top 40 and, between 1970-2000, had a song on the Billboard Top 100 for 31 consecutive years.
He has received five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Tony Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Middlesex, England, John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his charitable work in 1998.
Since the early ’90s, John has kept a condominium in a high-rise in Buckhead as one of his main homes. Known to be an Atlanta Braves fan, he’s been regularly spotted around town, including stops at now-closed Tower Records in Buckhead, at Six Flags and dining at some of Buckhead’s highly regarded restaurants.
Tickets for Elton John’s upcoming concerts go on sale Feb. 2. Click here for information. Here’s the full tour schedule.
Photo: Elton John performs live at Twickenham Stoop on June 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Harlequins)
Patch Editor Doug Gross contributed.