Sir Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has grossed over $900 million.
The farewell tour began in September 2018 and became one of the highest-grossing tours of 2019. According to Billboard Boxscore history, it also ranked number one on the tour charts in 2020, with top-five finishes in 2019 and 2022. In January In 2023, it became the highest-grossing tour in history, having overtaken Ed Sheeran’s The Divide tour. However, we’ll see how long Elton John can retain the title – as conservative estimates put Taylor Swift’s Eras tour at over $1 billion.
Billboard box core reports that the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour has grossed $910.4 million as of June 18. It’s the first live tour to break the $900 million mark, surpassing both Ed Sheeran and U2. As the tour comes to an end, there are still a few more shows to report. Each of the final performances is expected to gross an estimated $15 to $20 million. The total number of Elton John Boxscore tickets will surpass the 20 million mark sold since 1986.
The most successful live music tours
- Farewell to the Yellow Brick Road Tour | Elton John – $910 million
- The Divide Tour | Ed Sheeran – $776.4 million
- U2 360 tour | U2 – $736.4 million
Elton John’s ongoing European arena tour has grossed $89.6 million from its 41 shows to date. Eight shows have yet to announce their dates, with two more dates ahead of the final date. His performance on June 26, 2023 at the Glastonbury Festival caused quite a stir more than 7 million viewers on BBC– more than triple Paul McCartney’s headline performance in 2022. Elton John’s performance was the most watched Glastonbury performance of the entire festival.
“I never thought I would play at Glastonbury and here I am,” John called in an emotional monologue after taking the stage. “It’s a very special and emotional night for me as it might be my last show ever in England so I had better play well and entertain you guys as you’ve been there for so long.”