El­ton John says farewell

Su­per­star an­nounces good­bye tour will take him to new Aberdeen arena

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8, 2018 BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

“It takes us to many places that have meant a lot to me”

Sir El­ton John is the first mu­sic su­per­star to be con­firmed to per­form at the new ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre in Aberdeen.

The 71-year-old will be play­ing at The Events Com­plex Aberdeen (TECA) on Novem­ber 20 and 21 2020, the big­gest act to be con­firmed at the venue so far.

The site will be home to a “world class” 12,500-ca­pac­ity arena when it opens next year.

Aberdeen’s TECA and Glas­gow’s SSE Hy­dro are the only two Scot­tish lo­ca­tions se­lected for the mu­sic icon’s Farewell Yel­low Brick Road tour.

Sir El­ton said it will be “emo­tional” when he takes to the stage.

He said: “The Farewell Yel­low Brick Road tour will take us to many places that have meant a lot to me over the last 50 years, but th­ese UK shows will be in­cred­i­bly spe­cial.

“The UK is home, and where my heart will al­ways be.

“To cel­e­brate some of the in­cred­i­ble mo­ments we’ve shared with my Bri­tish fans over the years will be won­der­ful.

“Th­ese home­com­ing shows will be very emo­tional, and a lot of fun.”

The star, known for a whole host of hits in­clud­ing I’m Still Stand­ing, Rocket Man, Good­bye Yel­low Brick Road, Can­dle In The Wind and Your Song will play over the course of two nights.

The £333mil­lion TECA venue will be open by next Septem­ber at the “very lat­est,” and John is the sec­ond big name to be added to its list­ings.

Co­me­di­anRus­sell Howard will be among the first to take to its stage when he per­forms as part of his Respite Tour in Septem­ber 2019.

TECA and AECC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Waight said: “It’s great to get the ball rolling with our first co­me­dian an­nounced to play TECA next year, and es­pe­cially one we know is al­ways a par­tic­u­lar favourite with the north­east au­di­ence.

“With less than a year to go un­til the open­ing of TECA, we’ve got some ex­cit­ing book­ings in the di­ary and we look for­ward to shar­ing de­tails of th­ese soon.”

Fans may still be think­ing it’s go­ing to be a long, long time un­til sing­ing sen­sa­tion El­ton John takes to the stage.

How­ever, tick­ets can be booked soon – on Novem­ber 16.

Pre-sale tick­ets can also be or­dered on Tues­day from 10am.

BACK TO THE GRAN­ITE CITY: Sir El­ton John brings his Farewell Yel­low Brick Road tour in Novem­ber 2020

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