Elton John's 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' Tour Rakes In Over $900 Million

6 July 2023 | 11:07 am | Mary Varvaris

Elton John is the first touring artist to earn over $900 million.

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Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has been going for years, with the Rocket Man stopping at almost every corner of the world to say goodbye. Some countries, including Australia, have seen him return for a few more shows due to the Covid-19 pandemic putting a pause on his plans.

Now, we know how much money the music icon has made while saying farewell to his devoted fans. As of 18 June, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has grossed $910.4 million, per a new Billboard Boxscore report.

Elton John was the first artist to take over $800 million in January, beating a previous record set by Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour. Now the first artist to earn over $900 million, John is ahead of Sheeran ($776.4 million) and U2’s 360 tours ($736.4 million) by $134 million.

However, if recent predictions are correct, Taylor Swift could be the first artist to break the $1 billion threshold for a touring artist with her Eras run. That will make Eras the highest-grossing tour of all time.

For her seven shows in Sydney and Melbourne in February 2024, The West Australian reports that Swift is expected to earn an enormous $35 million – $5 million per gig.

Elton John initially announced his retirement from touring in January 2018, announcing a three-year goodbye across the globe that stretched to 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He has just eight shows to go on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

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“It's time to come off the road so I fully embrace the next chapter of my life,” John said.

“I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I'm very much looking forward to coming off the road so I can dedicate more time to raising my children.”

While Glastonbury was billed as his last-ever UK show, John will do a Farnesy and allow for the “odd show” in his touring retirement, the Mirror reports.

“I’m not going to tour again,” John admitted, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, as “There may be the odd show...”