Elton John Officially Has The Highest Grossing Tour Ever
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Even though Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour still has a number of dozen scheduled appearances left, it has already surpassed all his previous tours in terms of revenue.
Launched in September 2018, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour has traveled to North America, Europe, and Oceania. From 2018 through 2020 (when the tour was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic) and the first half of 2022, John predominantly performed in arenas before transitioning to stadiums in the second half of the previous year.
According to Billboard Boxscore, the farewell tour has earned $817.9 million through 278 performances and counting. He surpassed Ed Sheeran, who held the previous record, who made $776.4 million from 2017 to 2019 with his Divide Tour and became the first artist to earn more than $800 million in a single run.
The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour also surpassed other Top 10 grossing albums by legendary classic rock artists. U2’s 360 Tour now ranks third of all time with $736 million, followed by Guns N’ Roses’ Not in This Lifetime … Tour (No. 4, $584 million), the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour (No. 5, $558 million) and No Filter Tour (No. 6, $546 million), Roger Waters’ The Wall Live (No. 8, $458 million), AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour (No. 9, $441 million) and Metallica’s WorldWired Tour (No. 10, $416 million).
John will make a series of up-to-date appearances in Europe starting in March. His final performance is currently planned for July 8 in Stockholm. Meanwhile, he left a positive message at his last performance in the United States saying:
“I wish you health, and love, and prosperity. Be kind to one other. And farewell.”