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Elton John will bring tour to Tampa

It won’t be until 2022, but Tampa’s Amalie Arena will once again welcome Sir Elton for what will likely be another sold-out show.
Elton John brought his farewell tour for a sold-out show at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Nov. 4, 2019.
Elton John brought his farewell tour for a sold-out show at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Nov. 4, 2019. [ JAY CRIDLIN | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Sep. 23, 2020
Updated Sep. 24, 2020

After two cancellations, Tampa is finally back on Elton John’s datebook, bringing his Yellow Brick Road Tour to Amalie Arena on April 24 — but not until 2022.

Back in 2018, John postponed his farewell tour stop in Tampa by a full year due to a last-minute illness. But his November 2019 concert was declared one of the best of the year. Soon after that sold-out show, Sir Elton announced a second “farewell” tour. But in April, he postponed his second local farewell concert by another year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, he announced his return to the stage in North America with newly rescheduled dates for his global Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. The tour will kick off in North America on Jan. 19, 2022, in New Orleans, making Florida stops in Jacksonville on April 23, the next day in Tampa, Orlando on April 27 and Miami on April 28.

On social media, John said, “I’ve been enjoying my time at home with the family while the world navigates its way through the COVID pandemic. But, I really miss being on the road and performing for my beloved fans in my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. While the scientists are making great progress, we are making big plans for a return to touring that will allow us to ensure the health and safety of everyone."

Elton John's show at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Nov. 4, 2019, was declared one of the best concerts of the year by the Tampa Bay Times entertainment critic.
Elton John's show at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Nov. 4, 2019, was declared one of the best concerts of the year by the Tampa Bay Times entertainment critic. [ JAY CRIDLIN | Tampa Bay Times ]

He also reassured fans that his health is intact.

“Don’t worry about me," he posted on Facebook. “I’m using my downtime to keep myself fighting fit and healthier than ever. I’m raring to go!”

John’s November 2019 concert at Amalie Arena was declared one of the best of the year by Tampa Bay Times entertainment critic Jay Cridlin, who wrote that “this explosive, energetic and unexpectedly loud show by one of the grandest showmen in rock was deserving of all the hype."

Soon after John’s second farewell tour was announced, tickets, starting at $65.75, sold out. Fans were eager to sing along to his legendary catalog, which includes Bennie and the Jets, Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and Philadelphia Freedom. At last November’s show, floor seats were being resold for as much as $2,000.

Ticket holders for all postponed performances will receive new event information shortly and all original tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performances.

To get more information or to purchase tickets and VIP packages, visit EltonJohn.com. Exclusive VIP offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at John’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs and custom merchandise.