Elton John extends ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour dates

Elton John has always been one to make a grand entrance, so is it at all surprising that the entertainer decided to go out with a bang before officially retiring? Months after announcing plans to hit the touring circuit for his final “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour, John has now added even more tour stops to the already lengthy excursion. On Wednesday (Sept. 26), the entertainer added 25 new stops to his upcoming schedule. The newly announced dates will find the iconic performer returning to North America during the final months of 2019.

The newly added dates include several stops in Canada at venues in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Toronto. In addition to the Canadian stops, the new run will also feature stops in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Boston, and Memphis.

Tickets for the newly unveiled dates will go on sale beginning next Friday, Oct. 5.

Just this past week, John kicked off the first leg of his multi-year tour. The first leg of the tour will find him the musician on the road through February of 2019. After a short break, the singer will head across the pond for the first of many European legs of the tour.

John previously revealed he had plans to take the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour to Asia in November of 2019, Australia in December of 2019, and South America in March of 2020.

After performing in Asia, Australia, and South America, John will reportedly head back to Europe in late 2020 before concluding the lengthy tour in North American some time in 2021.

Earlier this year, in conjunction with John’s retirement announcement, the musician released a huge 26-track double disc featuring covers of some of his most iconic tunes. The double album featured revamped versions of his songs by Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, The Killers, Little  Big Town, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, and more.  Listen to Lady Gaga’s cover of “Your Song” above.

The updated list of tour dates can be seen below.


Sept. 26 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 28 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
Sept. 29 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Oct. 04 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Oct. 06 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Oct. 09 – Long Island, NY – NYCB Live
Oct. 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 12 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 13 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Oct. 18 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 23 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 24 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 30 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Nov. 02 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Nov. 03 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 06 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Nov. 08 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 09 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 23 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
Nov. 24 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Nov. 27 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Nov. 28 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Nov. 30 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Dec. 01 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Dec. 04 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Dec. 06 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Dec. 08 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 09 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Dec. 14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Dec. 15 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center


Jan. 11 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Jan. 12 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Jan. 15 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Jan. 16 – Sacramento, CA – Golden1 Center
Jan. 18 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Jan. 19 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
Jan. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Jan. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Jan. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Jan. 26 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Jan. 29 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
Jan. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Feb. 01 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Feb. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Feb. 06 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Feb. 07 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Feb. 09 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Feb. 12 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
Feb. 13 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Feb. 15 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Feb. 16 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Feb. 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Feb. 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Feb. 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Feb. 27 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
March 01 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
March 02 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
March 05 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
March 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
March 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
March 09 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
March 12 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
March 13 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
March 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
March 16 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
May 01 – Vienna, AT – Stadthalle
May 02 – Vienna, AT – Stadthalle
May 04 – Krakow, PL – Tauron Arena
May 07 – Prague, CZ – O2 Arena
May 09 – Bremen, DE – OVB Arena
May 11 – Stuttgart, DE – Schleyerhalle
May 12 – Oberhausen, DE – KoPi Arena
May 15 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
May 18 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
May 19 – Gothenburg, SE – Scandinavium
May 22 – Hannover, DE – Tui Arena
May 23 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
May 26 – Munich, DE – Olympiahalle
May 29 – Verona, IT – Arena
May 30 – Verona, IT – Arena
June 01 – Wiesbaden, DE – Bowling Green
June 08 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
June 09 – Hove, UK – 1st Century Country Ground
June 12 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
June 13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
June 15 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff City Stadium
June 26 – Madrid, ES – WiZink Center
June 29 – Montreux, CH – Montreux Jazz Festival
June 30 – Montreux, CH – Montreux Jazz Festival
July 03 – Graz, AT – Mese Graz Open Air
July 05 – Munich, DE – Olympiahalle
July 07 – Lucca, IT – Piazza Napoleone
Sept. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sept. 06 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 07 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 17 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Sept. 18 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Sept. 21 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Sept. 27 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Sept. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Oct. 01 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
Oct. 02 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
Oct. 04 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
Oct. 05 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
Oct. 22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Oct. 23 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Oct. 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Oct. 26 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 30 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
Nov. 06 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
Nov. 08 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Nov. 15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Nov. 16 – Long Island, NY – NYCB Live

Listen: Lady Gaga covers Elton John’s ‘Your Song’

Earlier this month, it was revealed that a slew of pop/rock artists and country music stars would be getting together to honor Sir Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin by contributing covers of their biggest hits for a double album. Shortly after the records’ announcement, Demi Lovato and Q-Tip released their contribution to the album; a cover of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from 1993’s Duet. On Friday (March 30), just a few days after her birthday, Lady Gaga unleashed her cover of John’s 1970’s hit, “Your Song.”

The fact that Mother Monster decided to go with this track does not come as much of a surprise. During the 2010 Grammys, the singer performed the song with John during the telecast. As if that wasn’t enough, Lady Gaga will also perform the “Your Song” during I’m Still Standing, the upcoming all-star Grammy salute to John. The previously recorded program will air on April 10 on CBS. For now, listen to Lady Gaga’s version of “Your Song” above.

“Your Song” will join 25 other covers on the impending Revamp and Restoration double album. The two albums will be released on April 6 through Island Records/Universal Music Group Nashville. The 26-track compilation will include two albums; Revamp and Restoration. Revamp will feature reworked versions of the songs by some of pop music’s biggest stars including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, The Killers, and Florence and the Machine. Unlike Revamp, Restoration will feature country-renditions of John’s hits by artists such as Little Big Town, Marren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves.

Lady Gaga, The Killers, Coldplay to cover Elton John for new tribute albums


Elton John may be saying farewell to his own yellow brick road with a massive final world tour, but don’t think that’s the only thing the iconic performer is giving fans before his final curtain call. On Thursday (March 15), it was announced that John will be releasing a huge 26-track double disc featuring covers of some of his iconic tunes. The records, which have been titled Revamp and Restoration, will feature artists from the pop, rock, and country genres of music putting their own spin on some of John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin’s biggest hits.

Revamp will feature a collection of predominately pop and rock artists covering some of John’s hits such “Tiny Dancer” (Florence + the Machine), “Candle in the Wind” (Ed Sheeran), “Your Song” (Lady Gaga), “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” (The Killers), and many more.

In a press statement, John reveals that he created a list of artists that he wanted to commission to work on the Revamp side of the double disc.

“On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise, most of them said yes, and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”

As for Restoration, the second album, John explains that it was all about Taupin and what he wanted.

“God, we have so many great artists doing our songs, it’s quite incredible. Restoration was Bernie [Taupin]’s project and he’s a huge country fan. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers, both new and legendary.”

Unlike Revamp, Restoration will feature all country music artists. The record will bring together some of the newer faces of country alongside some classic country musicians. Current stars like Little Big Town, Marren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves will join the likes of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Rosanne Cash on the record.

For many of the artists featured on the records, this will not be their first time working with John and Taupin. Back in January, musicians including Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Lady Gaga took part in CBS’ special Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute. The show was put together by the Recording Academy to honor both John and Taupin for their contribution to the music world.

Revamp and Restoration currently has a tentative release date of April 6.

The covers album comes a few months after John announced his final massive outing for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The multi-year, 300-show excursion will kick off this fall after he wraps up his Las Vegas residency.

For now, the complete tracklisting for both Revamp and Restoration can be seen below.

Revamp Tracklisting:
1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay
3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara
4. “Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
5. “Tiny Dancer” – Florence + The Machine
6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford & Sons
7. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige
8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
9. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – The Killers
10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith
11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” – Miley Cyrus
12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga
13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone Age

Restoration Tracklisting:
1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
2. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. “Take Me to the Pilot” – Brothers Osborne
5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton
7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack
8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves
9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. “The Bitch is Back” – Miley Cyrus
11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – Dierks Bentley
12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. “Border Song” – Willie Nelson

BBC Form Supergroup to Cover Beach Boys Song


What happens when you get together tons of musicians for a worthy cause? Usually one hell of a song.

Thanks to the BBC, tons of musicians were asked to come together to cover the Beach Boys “God Only Knows” from Pet Sounds to officially launch of BBC Music. The TV spot featuring the reported 27 artists began to air yesterday (Oct. 7).

Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Chris Martin, Florence Welch, Stevie Wonder, Brian May, One Direction, Chrissie Hynde, Baaba Maal, Sam Smith, Lorde, Dave Grohl and many more can be spotted in the video. Also making the list of performers was Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys; how else do you pay homage to the guy (or band) that wrote and the song.

As if the long list of singers on the track wasn’t enough to get your head spinning, the BBC also used their 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra on the song.

We warned you, epic might be an understatement. Give the track as listen.

When asked by The Guardian about the remake of the song, Wilson said: “All the artists did such a beautiful job. I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honored ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The cover will be released as a single to raise funds for the BBC’s Children in Need charity. This isn’t the first time the BBC has done such a supergroup for charity. Back in 1997, the network released a version of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” featuring Elton John, Bono, and Reed himself.

Bonnaroo Reveal 2014 Schedule


It’s that time again; more schedule unveilings from upcoming Summer festivals.

Today, the people behind Bonnaroo have unveiled the full schedule for the festival that is slated to take place this June in Manchester, TN. Kanye West, Elton John, Skrillex, Jack White, and Frank Ocean have been revealed as headliners for this year’s edition of the yearly festival as well as Vampire Weekend, Mastodon, Phoenix and many more.

For those of you who are wondering whatever happened to that feud between West and the people behind the festival, it turns out that his popularity might have led to their decision to put the “squid brain” comment to rest.

Organizers also revealed that Flaming Lips frontman, Wayne Coyne got to choose two unknown bands to not only perform at the large music event, but they will also get paid to do so. Can you say fairy godfather?

Sadly, like with many music festivals, there are some overlapping acts which means you will need to plan your schedule according to get the best out of all the acts taking the stage. Or, you can be like those people who stay glued to one stage the entire day waiting for just one artist; we don’t judge here.

Check out the full schedule here and don’t forget, Bonnaroo takes place at the Great Stage Park in Manchester during the weekend of June 12 to June 15.

Fall Out Boy Cover Elton John


Fall Out Boy and Elton John seem to be an unlikely match and that’s what fans thought when the band posted a picture of them with the musician in the studio when they were working on their post-hiatus album, Save Rock and Roll.

Turned out that the worry was for nothing because the track surprised some with how it perfectly fit the album. Now the band are returning the favor by covering one of John’s songs for a special re-release.

The Chicago band covered John’s 1973 classic song, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” as part of the remastering of his landmark album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The remastered edition, which is set to be released on March 25th, will feature a reissue of the classic album, a 100-page illustrated book, a recording of Live at the Hammersmith 1973, and a DVD of Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Thing. 

Fall Out Boy aren’t the only artists to contribute covers of John’s famous songs; a wide variety of musicians from all over different genres of music are also set to. Miguel, Wale, Ed Sheeran, the Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band and more have already been confirmed.

Fall Out Boy’s cover can be heard over at Pop Crush.


Elton John to Make Cameo in Fight Scene?

Sir Elton John

We knew that Elton John is a hell of a music man and a pretty good behind the scenes guy for films as well (he was the executive producer on Gnomeo and Juliet), but did you know that he could might be able to do fight scenes?

Yes, I know color shocked too.

Turns out that the “Rocket Man” will be making a cameo appearance which will feature him a huge fight scene. The movie, The Secret Service, will star Colin Firth, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Caine and will be directed by Matthew Vaughn. According to reports, John isn’t the only star that will be making a cameo in the film; the director is reportedly lining up a number of big name to help boost the film’s box office numbers (but with the price of movie tickets recently).

“The Secret Service is going to be a big British movie so Matthew wants to include some iconic British stars,” a source told The Sun about the film. “He wants to turn the films into a franchise, so getting big names on board will help boost its profile. Seeing Elton fighting will be movie gold. He’s a great addition.”

John isn’t the only one being persuaded as of right now; it seems that Star Wars’ Mark Hamill and director Ridley Scott are also sought after.

This might come as some good news from John’s cam because the singer had to cancel all his summer tour dates, including a massive concert in London’s Hyde Park, after being diagnosed with appendicitis.

As for The Secret Service, there has been no details given about the film other than the actors who are rumored to be in it (all according to our favorite movie site, IMDB) and is an adaptation of Kick Ass author Mark Millar’s comic book of the same name.

iHeartRadio Festival Line Up Revealed


Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Sir Elton John are just some of the big names that will appearing at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

The two-day festival that will be held on September 20 and 21 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena, will feature for the first time a Fan Village which will take place during the daytime hours before the show in the 15-acre parking lot, adjacent to the arena. Unlike many of the Jingle Ball Fan Villages, this one will be free to ticketholders, but for those who aren’t, tickets will be available for just the village.

The line-up for the Fan Village will include, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, AWOLNATION, Pete Tong, Twenty One Pilots and Jason Derulo.

The main stage line-up was announced this morning by returning host of the event, Ryan Seacrest as well as Clear Channel programming chief, Tom Poleman. While the full list of performers for the main stage has not been revealed in full, 30 Seconds to Mars, Queen with Adam Lambert, Muse, Tiesto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, fun., Phoenix, Zedd, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Benny Benassi, Bruno Mars have been confirmed.

For those not familiar with the iHeartRadio Music Festival, it’s the same festival that Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong has his famous meltdown last year when he accused the festival of trying to shuffle the band off stage to give boy wonder, Justin Bieber more stage time. It was later revealed that no such thing had transpired and Armstrong went into rehab for substance abuse.

For now, you can check out the current official line up for the musical event.

iHeartRadio Music Festival Main Stage

Justin Timberlake
Katy Perry
Elton John
Chris Brown
Keith Urban
J. Cole
Bruno Mars
Maroon 5
Tim McGraw
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Benny Benassi
Special live appearance by Queen and Adam Lambert
Other special surprise guests

iHeartRadio Music Festival Village (multiple stages)

Miley Cyrus
Avril Lavigne
Pete Tong
Twenty One Pilots
Jason Derulo

Elton John Reveals New Album Information

Sir Elton John

Don’t call it a comeback, or do if you want, but the truth is Elton John is coming back and that is all.

The singer recently revealed that he would be putting out a new album sometime this year, but until yesterday, the official release date was unknown. The Diving Board, John’s first album in seven years will be released in September. Instead of just releasing the date over the internet in writing, like most musicians would do, the singer decided to go the extra by releasing a trailer for the album.

The clip with its moody vibe shows John singing at the piano, but also speaking about the project. The lead single for the album, “Home Again” can be heard playing in the background of the trailer.  “What kind of music do I really want to make?” John questions, before answering his own question, “I am on the diving board.”

The Diving Board is John’s first new album since 2006’s The Captain & the Kid which coincidental was released September 18. Four years after that, John released a collaboration album with Leon Russell called The Union. This album will mark 45 years that John has been in the music industry as well as his 30th studio album.

The album will be produced by T Bone Burnett and will feature 12 new songs. “I realized that I had to go back to go forward again,” he said in a newly released press release. “I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist. That’s what ‘The Diving Board’ represents. I’m incredibly excited about every aspect of this album.”

John was most recently featured on Fall Out Boy’s new album, Save Rock and Roll on the titled track.