ELTON JOHN: The singer has announced new special tour dates
Sir Elton John with his husband David Furnish (left) after being made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to Music and to Charity during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2021.
Sir Elton John has announced two special homecoming shows at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford Football Club.
The multi-award-winning singer will play at the ground in July next year as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Sir Elton now serves as honorary life-president of the Premier League club after becoming chairman in 1976.
After appointing Graham Taylor as manager of his boyhood team he oversaw a period of great success for Watford.
The Candle In The Wind singer has played the venue three times previously, having first appeared there in 1974 dressed as a hornet, in tribute to the club’s nickname.
Announcing the shows, Sir Elton said: “I simply had to play Vicarage Road a final time as part of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
“My relationship with the club, with the fans, the players and the staff over the years have meant the world to me.
“Through the good times and the bad, Watford has been a huge part of my life.
“I love the club so dearly, and have had some of the best days of my life in those stands – these shows are going to be so incredibly emotional, and to spend them surrounded by my fellow Watford fans will be wonderful.
“We’ve been on quite the journey together.”
Sir Elton’s farewell tour has been pushed back and will kick off next year, but he insists he is full of energy despite the operation on his right hip.
He said: “I’ve had a hip replacement but I’m full of beans and I’m full of zest, but this is just a prompter to say ‘come on you’ve got more to do now’.”
The singer-songwriter added: “I was in pain for a couple of years. I decided to postpone the shows, get it done so I could enjoy all the tour and not struggle through it.”
He is still passionate about music, describing himself as a “glorified fan who made good”. He began his career in the late 1960s but enjoyed huge success the following decade once he began writing with musical partner Bernie Taupin.
The shows will take place on July 3 and 4 and will finish the 2022 European tour.
Ticket sales begin on Thursday December 2 at 10am.
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