Elton John announced new concert dates Wednesday, March 28 and July 8, for Canada and the United States. They will complete the second year of the US segment of the tournament. In total, in the US and Canada, according to the artist's site, he will hold 42 concerts next year.
The next year's tournament includes Great Britain, with 22 concerts, Australia, with 21 concerts, France, three, Ireland, Norway, Finland and Spain, with two, and Germany, with five.
The first concert of next year is scheduled to take place on January 7, in Sydney, and the last, on December 17, in London.
Launched on September 8, 2018, in Allentown, the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" Tournament is Elton John's last in a half-century career. The sold-out concerts, in which he performs compositions released throughout his career, have so far received favorable criticism.
On January 24, 2018, the musician announced that he will be holding a last world tour for three years.
"I had an amazing career, but my priorities are now the children, my husband. Time to say thank you to all the fans. I'm not saying I won't create anymore, but I won't travel. I've been on the road my whole life. I don't want to miss (the children) and take my longing, ”he said at the time.
Reginald Kenneth Dwight, born March 25, 1947, in England, is known as Elton John. He is a composer, singer and actor. In a career of over 55 years, he released 30 studio albums, which were sold in over 200 million copies.
His voice, initially classified as a tenor, became baritone over the years.
Since 1967, he has collaborated with the textbook artist Bernie Taupin. The way they work involves writing the lyrics by Taupin and putting them on music by Elton John. The two do not actually work together on arranging the pieces.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995. In 1992, Elton John was inducted into Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and two years later, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the introduction being made by Guns N's band leader. Roses, Axl Rose.
In 1995, he received the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in 1998 was named Knight of Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable activities". In 2019, he received the Legion of Honor from French President Emmanuel Macron.
Among the artists Elton John has collaborated with are Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Kiki Dee, George Michael and Stevie Wonder.
He won an Oscar in 1995 for "best original song" – "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from "Lion King". Two other songs included in the soundtrack of the animated film were nominated in the same year – "Hakuna matata" and "Circle of Life", composed by John and Tim Rice.
He has been nominated 33 times at the Grammy Awards, won five trophies and received an honorary award. In addition, Elton John also holds a Tony Award for "Aida", written with Tim Rice, based on Giuseppe Verdi's work.
Elton John's latest studio album is "Wonderful Crazy Night" (2016).
In 2017, he had to cancel nine concerts in California and Las Vegas because of a health problem – a bacterial infection he contracted in the South American tour. However, that year, he held 87 concerts, in Europe and Australia, as well as in Las Vegas, where he had a residency with The Million Dollar Piano.
In 1976, Elton John admitted, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, that he is bisexual, and in 1988, after Renate Blauel's divorce, he said he felt comfortable being gay. Since 2014, he has been married to Canadian filmmaker David Furnish.
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