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Elton John to play Fresno on his farewell tour

Elton John calls it quits after this tour: "I just never thought that fatherhood could bring me so much joy"

Singer and composer Elton John that he will retire from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, dubbed "Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The tour starts on 8 September in Allentown, Penn, and is scheduled to come through Fresno in January 2
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Singer and composer Elton John that he will retire from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, dubbed "Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The tour starts on 8 September in Allentown, Penn, and is scheduled to come through Fresno in January 2

Saturday night might be alright for fighting, but if you want to see Elton John at Fresno’s Save Mart Center, you’ll have to settle for a Tuesday – a year from now.

The global music icon announced on Wednesday his retirement from the road, but not before one massive three-year tour. The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will include 300 concerts running through 2021 and including a stop at the Save Mart Center, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

Tickets for the show are $49.50-$224.50 and on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at the arena, box office, online or by phone 800-745-3000. Presales will be available through American Express beginning 10 a.m. Thursday through Jan. 29. Ticketmaster will have its verified pre-sale 10 a.m. Jan. 30-31.

The tour will feature an all-new stage production that spans the singer’s five-decade career.

“It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life,” the singer said in a live-streamed event at Gotham Hall in New York City.

“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” he 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 closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”

Having the singer perform at the arena on his farewell tour is a nice bookend of sorts.

After all, John was one of four acts that played Save Mart Center on its opening week in 2003. He followed Andrea Bocelli (Matchbox Twenty and Tody Keith also played that week), wearing a rhinestone-covered black jacket and black sunglasses. There was a 12-minute version of “Rocket Man,” according to a review of the show in The Bee.

In all he played for two hours, did two encores and had the totally sold-out crowd enamored. His previous appearances in town, at Selland Arena in 1999 and 2001, also sold out on the first day tickets were available.

“It is truly an honor to be associated with Elton John, one of music and pop culture’s most legendary, innovative and unrivaled performers,” said Jay Marciano, chairman and CEO of AEG Presents, the company promoting the tour. “In a manner and style that could only be conceived by such a renowned artist, Elton’s ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ concerts will be the ultimate and final opportunity for his millions of fans around the world to experience this generation’s most incomparable and iconic entertainer.”

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour

September 2018

  • 8 September – Allentown, PA PPL Center
  • 11 September – Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center
  • 12 September – Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center
  • 15 September – Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
  • 16 September – University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
  • 19 September – Hartford, CT XL Center
  • 21 September – Washington DC Capital One Arena
  • 22 September – Washington DC Capital One Arena
  • 25 September – Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
  • 26 September – Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
  • 28 September – Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
  • 29 September – Québec City, QC Videotron Centre

October 2018

  • 4 October – Montreal, QC Bell Centre
  • 6 October – Boston, MA TD Garden
  • 10 October – Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
  • 12 October – Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
  • 15 October – Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
  • 18 October – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • 19 October – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • 23 October – Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
  • 24 October – Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
  • 26 October – Chicago, IL United Center
  • 27 October – Chicago, IL United Center
  • 30 October – St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

November 2018

  • 2 November – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
  • 3 November – Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
  • 8 November – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • 23 November – Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
  • 24 November – Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
  • 27 November – Orlando, FL Amway Center
  • 28 November – Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
  • 30 November – Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

December 2018

  • 1 December – Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
  • 4 December – Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at The BJCC
  • 6 December – New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
  • 8 December – Houston, TX Toyota Center
  • 9 December – Houston, TX Toyota Center
  • 12 December – San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
  • 14 December – Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
  • 15 December – Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

January 2019

  • 11 January – Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
  • 12 January – Portland, OR Moda Center
  • 15 January – Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
  • 16 January – Sacramento, CA Golden1 Center
  • 18 January – Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
  • 19 January – San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
  • 22 January – Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
  • 23 January – Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
  • 26 January – Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
  • 29 January – San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center

February 2019

  • 7 February – Denver, CO Pepsi Center
  • 9 February – Tulsa, OK BOK Center
  • 12 February – Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
  • 13 February – Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
  • 19 February – Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
  • 21 February – Minneapolis, MN Target Center
  • 27 February – Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena

March 2019

  • 1 March – Albany, NY Times Union Center
  • 8 March – Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
  • 12 March – Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
  • 13 March – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
  • 15 March – Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
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