Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Hello New Record

Chesed Russell, Staff Reporter

The “Rocketman” has shot to the top! Elton John, on his farewell tour no less, has become the highest grossing touring artist, ever. 

No one would argue against Elton John being an ICON. From his unique style, masterful piano skills, beautiful songwriting, it makes sense that he has kept his standing as a popular name in the music world for all of these years. 

Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour began in 2018 and was announced to be the final tour in his successful career. This tour has recently grossed over $817 million, becoming the first artist to gross more than $800 million in a single tour. The crazy thing is, the tour is not even close to being over.

So far John has performed 278 shows, selling 5.3 million tickets, but still has 51 more European shows that will be played through this July. The former leader when it comes to grossing sales was Ed Sheeran’s “The Divide” tour that grossed $776.4 million.

Elton John is responsible for multiple award winning songs including, “Rocket Man”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “Your Song”, “Bennie And The Jets”, and “Tiny Dancer”. He also has various notable songs that were written for and featured in movies including “The Road to El Dorado” and “The Lion King”. 

Elton John has definitely made a name for himself that will be almost impossible to forget. Over his 62 year career he has collected “1 diamond, 40 platinum or multi platinum, and 23 gold albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more that 300 million records worldwide”, according to Marshall Arts

While many fans are devastated over Elton John’s retirement, no one can deny that Elton has had an extremely successful career. According to Billboard “John has grossed $1.863 billion and sold 19.9 million tickets over 1,573 reported shows…the highest career gross and attendance for a solo artist in Boxscore history.”

“Oh, I’ve finally decided my future lies / Beyond the yellow brick road”(Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)

— Written By: Bernie Taupin and Elton John