ELTON JOHN IN SYDNEY ON FIVE MONTHS TOUR
Ailing health won’t stop final shows
Despite health problems Elton John is back in Australia for his last world tour and reportedly looking forward to his one and only Sydney show on March 7.
John and his entourage flow into Australia late last month (November) for a long series of performances until March 19 including Perth, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Bathurst.
The 72-year-old Rocketman hitmaker reportedly suffered from an ear infection, and there has been other concerns for the singer’s immune system that affected his recovery from prostate surgery.
Elton John’s Sydney agent decided on renting a house in Bellevue Hill where the John family will be based for five months for the 34 concerts across the continent.
The luxurious home rental ¬location in the eastern Sydney hillside suburb will remain undisclosed.
What is known, however, is that the large rented house will accommodate Sir Elton’s husband, David Furnish, and their children Zachary and Elijah.
The residence isn’t Barford, which steel industrialist Sanjeev Gupta rented for $30,000 a week from property ¬developer Ian Joyce.
Justin Bieber ¬briefly stayed on Coronation Ave, Mossman in 2017. Ricky Martin rented a house with ocean views with easy access to Fox ¬Studios in the inner-city, and Boy George resided at Centennial Park’s Lactura.
The agent to the stars Bill Bridges got a luxury $25,000 harbourside weekly rental for Paul McCartney n 1993.
Diana Ross paid a weekly rental of $16,000 for Opera House views during her 1989 tour, . Forty-eight years on from his debut Sydney show, the final tour is John’s biggest since the tour in 1986, which had 25 shows.
For years Elton’s preferred living abode in Sydney was the now ¬demolished Sebel Hotel in Elizabeth Bay.
Sir Elton’s only Sydney event will be at the Bankwest Stadium, but he has scheduled two shows up the NSW coast at Coffs Harbour late in February.
The three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour kicked off in September last year, consisting of 300 shows across five continents taking in North America, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, mainland Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It will wrap up at London’s O2 Arena on 16 December 2020.
Sir Elton embarked on his farewell tour so he could focus on bringing up his two boys, eightyear-old Zachary six-year-old Elijah, with his husband David.
Elton John has been serious in his plans to stop touring for good in 2021.
The musician started his final tour at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania in September last year.
Concerns regarding Sir Elton’s health go back to when he became violently ill on a flight home from Santiago, Chile in April 2017.
After being rushed to hospital on landing in the UK, the 70-year-old spent two nights in intensive care, followed by an “extended stay” in the facility.
The illness encouraged his decision to retire from touring so he could spend more time with his sons, Zachary and Elijah.
The official name for Elton’s illness has not been revealed, however a statement from his spokesman at the time called it a harmful and unusual bacterial infection.
A released statement read: “Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly.”
Sir Elton rose to fame in the 1970s with hits like Your Song, Crocodile Rock and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
The iconic pianist will definitely retire from performing after the one final Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour that will culminate in two shows in London.