Elton John Announces Farewell Tour – But Is He Gone for Good?

Elton John

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Hold me close now tiny dancer! Elton John has announced his retirement from live touring. But fear not – the 70-year old will complete a 300-date tour beginning at the end of 2018 and spanning over 2019 before the Crocodile Rock singer hangs up his touring sunglasses for good. The Yellow Brick Road tour will encompass five continents, as Elton (real name Reginald Dwight) claims he wants to spend more time with his husband, David Furnish, and their family. But what does it mean for the self-proclaimed ‘Rocket Man’ – and does the 2-year tour signal the end for the renowned musician’s career?
 

When is the Farewell Tour?

The American leg of the tour will kick off at the PPL Centre in Allentown, Pennsylvania in September 2018 and draw to a close in March 2019 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida one week before the singer’s birthday on March 25th. After a quick break, the European leg of the tour will see Elton jetsetting around the continent over summer 2019, with dates already set in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Denmark, and Switzerland. With the uptake of tickets already fairly high, they will undoubtedly sell out quickly when the dates – including predicted UK dates – are released later in the year. Allowing fans over two years to say goodbye and many opportunities to obtain tickets to see him play is only fitting for one of music’s most legendary greats.
 

Will Elton John Take Another Residency?

While his touring days are over, the Rocket Music-signed artist hasn’t ruled out a residency somewhere – perhaps something similar to Kate Bush’s 22-night run in London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith back in 2014. In fact, he had his own residency in Las Vegas that will play its final show in May 2018, the Million Dollar Piano show. Elton’s 207 shows – over a seven year period – brought in the singer approximately $404,541 in revenue per show, according to Betway Casino’s research on the biggest Las Vegas acts. Should he return to a residency in Vegas, John would be in good company, with Vegas legend Celine Dion reportedly totalling $229,086,433 in her own residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. John’s previous residency at Caesar’s Palace, The Red Piano show, ran from 2004 to 2009, bringing in fans from far and wide, so the singer is no stranger to performing on the strip.

Elton John in concert

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Will Elton John Be Back on the Road?

This isn’t the first time the ‘I’m Still Standing’ crooner announced his retirement from touring. 40 years ago, in 1977, Elton revealed that he was taking a break from the road – only to return two years later. The singer is by no means retiring for good, having said he doesn’t enjoy the downtime and has a few more albums in him. Citing his need to relax and see friends while recording albums from home, many suspect that a recent health scare may have prompted Elton’s decision. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee had to cancel a spate of tours back in 2017 after contracting a rare infection in South America, which many claim has prompted the final tour. But, if history repeats itself, we could even expect to see Elton back on the road. Musicians are fond of announcing farewells and retirements only to feel the pull of performing live some years later.
 

What Are Elton John’s Biggest Hits?

Elton John – while resonating with the audience he developed for himself from the 1960s onwards – is also a hit with newer generations of music fans. His timeless classics have endured and Elton John’s star has never waned in his illustrious career. Elton – and writing partner Tim Rice – penned cult and commercial hit The Lion King (1993), which was then adapted for both Broadway and the West End. More recently, he was even in the running at the latest UK Music Video Awards for Bennie and the Jets, against Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa. Music newcomer Olly Chamberlain even cited Elton John as one of his musical inspirations, keeping the star’s music alive through the musically minded fans. While folk singer Darshana Congreve also cites the blues nature of Elton’s work as an inspiration. His Greatest Hits album, containing most of his classics including ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues’, ‘Candle in the Wind’, and ‘Your Song’, sold 17 million copies and was listed as number 13 on The Independent’s 50 Best Selling Albums listing.

But despite churning out future albums, the music industry will definitely notice his absence from the gig circuit – having played around 133 shows a year for the past 20 years. Sir Elton Hercules John CBE will no doubt immortalise his own words that he is still standing – and will continue to produce hits, amaze fans, and live up to the Hall of Fame title and knighthood his tireless feats of music earned him.

UK Music Video Awards Announces 2017 Nominations

 

For all its problems, 2017 has truly been a great year for music in the UK and across the globe. As the UK Music Video Awards 2017 roll around again this October 26th, we’re reminded of some great music videos to come out this year.

Mercury prize winner Sampha receives four nominations this year and Mercury prize nominee Loyle Carner. Ray BLK, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Loyle Carner, Mura Masa and Rag n’ Bone Man also make some of the young British talents all in the running this October. Kendrick Lamar and alt-J tie for most nominations, both picking up seven.

What’s got us excited this year is to see younger artists appreciate in the same categories as some music veterans. Dua lipa and Charli XCX are in the running alongside Elton John for Best Pop Video while A$AP Mob and Young Thug go toes to toes with powerhouse and living legend, Jay Z for Best Urban Video – international

FAULT will most certainly be in attendance on the night but until then, find a full list of the nominations below.

Best Pop Video – the UK in association with Rushes
Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand / Silhouette
Charli XCX – Boys
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
Elton John – Bennie and The Jets
Jessie Ware – Selfish Love

Best Dance Video – UK
BICEP – Aura
Bonobo – Kerala
Bonobo – No Reason
Duke Dumont x Gorgon City ft Naations – Real Life
SOULS – Bad Girl
Stylo G + Jacob Plant – Bike Engine

Best Rock/Indie Video – UK
All We Are – Animal / Dance
Coldplay – Everglow
Kasabian – God Bless This Acid House
Mick Jagger – England, Lost
Radiohead – I Promise
Royal Blood – Lights Out

Best Alternative Video – UK
alt-j – 3WW
alt-j – Deadcrush
alt-j – In Cold Blood
Metronomy ft Robyn – Hang Me Out To Dry
Sampha – Process
Young Fathers – Mr Martyr

Best Urban Video – UK in association with PPL
Loyle Carner – Isle of Arran
Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky – Love$ick
Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin
Ray BLK – Patience
Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Tinie Tempah – Chasing Flies

Best Pop Video – International
Cassius ft Pharrell Williams & Cat Power – Go Up
HAIM – Want You Back
Katy Perry – Bon Appétit
Lorde – Green Light
Oren Lavie ft Vanessa Paradis – Did You Really Say No
The Weeknd – False Alarm

Best Dance Video – International
Jain – Makeba
Joris Delacroix – Start The Engine
Kanye West – Fade
Majid Jordan ft Somewhere Else – Move Together
The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
The Blaze – Territory

Best Rock/Indie Video – International
Every Time I Die – Map Change
Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Useful To Know Before The Revolution
Mourn – Irrational Friend
Naive New Beaters – Words Hurt
The All-American Rejects – Sweat
Twenty One Pilots – HeavyDirtySoul

Best Alternative Video – International
Beck – Up All Night
Leningrad – Kolshik
Mashrou’Leila – Roman
Peder – Shadows Of My Mind
Polo & Pan – Coeur Croisé
The Avalanches – Subways

Best Urban Video – International
A$AP Mob ft A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, Yung Lord, Skepta – Money Man / Put That On My Set
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Jay-Z – Moonlight
Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
Young Thug – Wyclef Jean

Best Pop Video – Newcomer
Cartae – Long Time
Charlotte Cardin – Like It Doesn’t Hurt
Lea Santee – Rollin’
Poppy Ajudha – Spilling Into You
Slang – What Happened To You
Stars and Rabbit – Man Upon The Hill

Best Dance Video – Newcomer
Cathedrals – Try To Fight
Courage – Latinman
Fabich ft Josh Barry – Hold On
Noga Erez – Dance While You Shoot
Obongjayar – Endless
Punctual – What I Love

Best Rock/Indie Video – Newcomer
Lemon Twigs – I Want To Prove To You
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Microwave – Vomit
The Shins – Half A Million
Ultrasound – Kon-Tiki
Willie J Healey – Would You Be

Best Alternative Video – Newcomer
BadBadNotGood ft Kaytranada – Lavender
Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve – Black Crow
Bonnie Banane – L’Appétit
Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
Ghostpoet – Freakshow
Moses Sumney – Worth It

Best Urban Video – Newcomer
Avelino ft Stormzy & Skepta – Energy
Bossman Birdie – Walk The Walk
Monster Florence – Resourceful
Newham Generals ft Wiley – Unruly
Oscar Worldpeace – Tate Modern, Wary, Pearls
Slick Don – Highs & Lows

Vevo MUST SEE Award
Charli XCX – Boys
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Jay-Z – The Story of O.J.
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Young Thug – Wyclef Jean

Best Interactive Video in association with The Mill
Björk – Notget
Chainsmokers – Paris VR
Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) 360
Naïve New Beaters – Words Hurt
N’to – Chez Nous (Fantasynth)
Portugual. The Man – Rich Friends

Best Production Design in a Video
Bonobo – No Reason
Elton John – Bennie and the Jets
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
Sampha – Process
Young Thug & Carnage: Young Martha ft Meek Mill – Homie

Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D
Beck – Up All Night
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
Police Dog Hogan – Tyburn Jig
Rosalía – De Plata
The Blaze – Territory

Best Choreography in a Video
alt-j – Deadcrush
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Kanye West – Fade
P!nk – What About Us?
Polo & Pan – Coeur Croisé
Sia – The Greatest

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux
alt-j – 3WW
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
Jimmy Whoo – Motel Music part ll
Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
Placebo – Life’s What You Make It
The Avalanches – Because I’m Me

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT
Jain – Makeba
Jay-Z & Damian Marley – Bam
Majid Jordan ft Somewhere Else – Move Together
Mick Jagger – Gotta Get A Grip
Radiohead – I Promise
The Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)

Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run
alt-j – Deadcrush
Bonobo – Kerala
Elton John – Bennie and the Jets
Leningrad – Kolshik
The Rolling Stones – Ride ‘Em On Down
Young Thug – Wyclef Jean

Best Visual Effects in a Video
Arcade Fire – Everything Everything
Jain – Makeba
Leningrad – Kolshik
Majid Jordan ft Somewhere Else – Move Together
Royal Blood – Lights Out
The Weeknd – False Alarm

Best Animation in a Video
Elton John – Rocket Man
Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution
Jay-Z – The Story of O.J.
Kaada /Patton – Red Rainbow
Katie Melua – Perfect World
The Avalanches – Subways

Best Live Session
Alicia Keys in Paris – A Take Away Show
J Hus – Common Sense (Four To The Floor, Channel4)
London Grammar – Rooting For You
Mr Jukes – Angels/Your Love (Live At The Church)
Mura Masa ft Damon Albarn – Blu (Live)
Vevo Presents: The Weeknd – False Alarm

Best Live Concert
HAIM – Behind The Album
Metallica – Hardwired at House of Vans
Rammstein – Paris
The Killers – Hyde Park
The Rolling Stones – Trip Across Latin America
Toro Y Moi – Love From Trona

Best Commissioner
Andrew Law
Elizabeth Doonan
James Hackett
John Moule
Phil Lee
Semera Khan

Best Producer in association with WPA
Amber Millington
Clemence Cuvelier
Katie Lambert
Natalie Arnett
Nathan Scherrer
Tom Birmingham

Best Production Company
Agile Films
Caviar
Friend
Iconoclast
Pulse Films
Riff Raff Films

Best New Director in association with Time Based Arts
Hector Dockrill
Matilda Finn
Max Weiland
Salomon Ligthelm
Thomas James
Zhang + Knight

Best Director
Dent de Cuir
Georgia Hudson
Jake Schreier
Oscar Hudson
Ryan Staake
Young Replicant

Best Artist
alt-j
Bonobo
Kendrick Lamar
Radiohead
Sampha
The Weeknd