Tampa, FL – Elton John has rescheduled his date to November 4, 2019 on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. It was necessary to postpone the original date of November 28, 2018 due to a serious ear infection. All tickets will be honored on the rescheduled date – no exchanges needed.
Elton’s social media included “We always play 100% live and with impaired hearing and ear pain, I wouldn’t have been able to deliver the performance that my fans deserve. I absolutely hate letting my fans down and it was an incredibly hard decision to make. Thank you for all your patience and support”.
“Hosting Elton John at AMALIE Arena for guests from around the state of Florida highlights our concert year,” said Kevin Preast, Senior Vice President of Event Booking. “We understand that one of qualities that makes Elton an elite artist is his desire to give his fans the very best performance he possibly can. And with our new date set for the show, we are confident that a sold out crowd will welcome him back to Tampa Bay with open arms next November.”
By RANDAL C. HILL
He has been on the concert road for 48 years now, and for Elton John it has never stopped being fun. But now he’s 71 years old, and he feels it’s time to pack it in—after one last spectacular effort.
Just after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 28, Sir Elton John will take up residence for one night at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. On the way there he’ll be stopping in Sunrise, Miami, and Orlando.
“Performing live fuels me,” he says, “and I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour.”
Sir Elton Hercules John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in March 1947 in the upscale London suburb of Pinner. He began playing the piano at age 3, and it was soon apparent
that creating complex melodies came easy for the soft-spoken lad.
While young “Reg” embraced the established European classical genre, it was American rock ‘n’ rollers such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly who really stoked his interest. He told his mother that he too wanted to become a rock star one day, but
his father nudged his only child towards a more sensible career: banking.
At age 11, Reg won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, which he attended on Saturdays. He enjoyed the sessions but at times cut classes to spend the day riding the tube (subway) around London.
In his teens, he and some pals formed Bluesology, an R&B band. Elton John
would glean his new stage name from two of its members, singer Long John Baldry
and saxophonist Elton Dean.
In 1967, John answered a talent-wanted ad placed by Liberty Records in a British
music magazine. He told the Liberty agent that he could create catchy melodies but that
he simply wasn’t a lyrics writer. Surprisingly, the agent handed John an envelope of poetic
lines from someone named Bernie Taupin, who had told the same agent just the
opposite—that he wrote meaningful lyrics but lacked a musical background.
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Taupin, a school dropout shackled to a series of dreary, dead-end jobs, showed John that he could fashion his poetry into commercial lyrics. Their decades-long partnership
resulted in dozens of hits, including Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Bennie and
the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Daniel, I’m Still Standing and Sad Songs.
John quickly became a performing sensation, pounding out his onstage songs with unabashed glee while decked out in some of the wildest costumes ever seen in a concert venue. (He maintains that his sartorial selections represent a longtime rebellion
against his controlling father.)
The mega-successful John-Taupin duo never deviated from its original agreed-upon parameters. The pair would always
work in separate rooms. Taupin would quickly grind out dozens of song lyrics, then hand everything over to John, who
would give himself a half hour per tune to come up with an appropriate melody.
If nothing materialized, the lyrics were simply disposed of.
An odd way to work? Yes, but then it’s hard to argue with the fact that those
marathon John-Taupin moments resulted in more than 30 albums, which yielded
nearly 60 Top 40 singles, all the while ringing up worldwide sales of 300 million records.
Candle in the Wind 1997, rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales,
sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of
the U.K. and U.S. singles charts.
The Crocodile Rocker proved to be an honors magnet: he has received five
Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award and
induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Since the late 1980s, he has been involved in the fight against AIDS, and in 1992 established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has now raised over $400 million.
John is wrapping up his performing career with his tour, Farewell: Yellow Brick Road. What began in September won’t wind down until 2021; the itinerary will involve more than 300 shows across five continents.
His nearly three-hour-long concerts are among the most bombastic, elaborate, visually- and sonically-arresting, high-tech arena shows ever offered. John’s essential campiness is in full force, of course, thanks to several custom-made Gucci ensembles, which include his requisite oversized sunglasses. As always, his shows are powered by his tighter-than-tight, polished-to-perfection, six-man backup group.