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Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour adds second concert in Sunrise

Associated Press

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will now include a second concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, adding a March 16, 2019, performance to previously scheduled 2018 South Florida shows on Nov. 23 at the BB&T Center and Nov. 24 at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.  

Tickets for the new concert will cost $55.25-$245.25 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at EltonJohn.com. Fans with American Express cards can order tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, when VIP packages also will be available. A Ticketmaster Verified presale will run from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Registration is available through 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com.

Citing “overwhelming demand” for tickets after they went on sale Friday, the tour announced additional concerts in several markets across the country, also adding a March 15 show in Jacksonville to its Florida itinerary. Other dates include Nov. 27 in Orlando and Nov. 28 in Tampa.

John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world, and says he's hoping to go out "with a bang."

"I've had a good run, I think you'd admit that," John said recently in announcing the tour, which begins Sept. 8. He added that he wanted to "leave people thinking, 'I saw the last tour and it was fantastic.' "

The 70-year-old singer, pianist and composer said he wanted to spend time with his family. His children will be 10 and 8 when he stops and he hoped he might be able to take them to soccer practice. "My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family," he said. "This is the end."

John made the announcement at an event in New York in which he sat at a piano and performed "Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing." He wore his signature glasses and a colorful suit jacket that read Gucci loves Elton.

John's Las Vegas residency also will end  in May after six years.

With hits including "Your Song" and "Candle in the Wind," John has won five Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe for "The Lion King," a Tony Award for "Aida" and received a Kennedy Center Honor. He has sold 300 million records.

John launched his first tour in 1970 and boasts having performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

He has suffered several medical setbacks of late, including a bacterial infection last year that he contracted during a South American tour and an E. coli bacterial infection in 2009. He's also suffered appendicitis and has been fitted with a pacemaker.

From 1970 to 1976, John released 10 original studio albums and seven consecutive chart toppers. He remained a hitmaker over the following four decades, from "The Lion King" soundtrack song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to a revision of his Marilyn Monroe ode "Candle in the Wind," released in 1997 after the death of John's friend Princess Diana and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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