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Elton John announces 'emotional' UK farewell dates

Sky News logo Sky News 8/11/2018
a person wearing a costume: Elton John says he will stop touring after 2021 © Getty Elton John says he will stop touring after 2021

The star, who began his mammoth three-year goodbye tour in the US in September, will continue to play across the world until 2021, with more than 300 shows planned.

Elton John et al. posing for the camera: Sir Elton was one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s © Getty Sir Elton was one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s

Two UK dates had already been confirmed for next year, and there will now be more again in November 2020, kicking off at London's O2 Arena.

Elton John wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: The singer says he wants to spend more time with his husband, David Furnish, and their sons © Getty The singer says he wants to spend more time with his husband, David Furnish, and their sons

Sir Elton will also play arena shows in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Leeds in 2020.

"The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will take us to many places that have meant a lot to me over the last 50 years, but these UK shows will be incredibly special," said the singer.

"The UK is home, and where my heart will always be. To celebrate some of the incredible moments we've shared with my British fans over the years will be wonderful.

"These homecoming shows will be very emotional, and a lot of fun."

Sir Elton, 71, announced his farewell tour earlier this year, saying he wanted to "go out with a bang" before spending more time with his family.

At the time, he said his "priorities have changed" as he and husband David Furnish care for their two sons, Elijah and Zachary.

Farewell Yellow Brick Road will span five continents, visiting North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia.

By the end of this week, more than 500,000 fans will already have seen him perform on the tour so far.

Known for hits including I'm Still Standing, Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle In The Wind and Your Song, Sir Elton is one of the biggest pop stars of his generation.

The farewell tour is billed as his last ever, "the end of half a century on the road for one of pop culture's most enduring performers".

Tickets for the newly announced dates go on general sale on Friday November 16.

Here's where you can see the Rocket Man in the UK in 2020

Friday November 6: The O2, London

Saturday November 7: The O2, London

Monday November 9: Arena, Birmingham

Wednesday November 11: Resorts World Arena, Birmingham

Friday November 13: Echo Arena, Liverpool

Saturday November 14: Echo Arena, Liverpool

Tuesday November 17: Arena, Manchester

Friday November 20: The Events Complex Aberdeen (TECA), Aberdeen

Saturday November 21: The Events Complex Aberdeen (TECA), Aberdeen

Tuesday November 24: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Wednesday November 25: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Saturday November 28: Arena, Manchester

Monday December 7: First Direct Arena, Leeds

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