Singer Elton John performs before announcing final world tour at Gotham Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in New York. Evan Agostini Invision/AP
Singer Elton John performs before announcing final world tour at Gotham Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in New York. Evan Agostini Invision/AP

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Elton John is bringing his farewell tour to Raleigh, and it’s time to get tickets

By David Menconi

dmenconi@newsobserver.com

January 24, 2018 02:56 PM

Elton John’s farewell tour is coming to the Triangle, but it’s going to be a while before it gets here.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will play Raleigh’s PNC Arena on March 12, 2019 at 8 p.m. The tour kicks off in September of this year, and Raleigh is the third-to-the-last city in 2019. For now, it’s only stop in North Carolina, with Columbia, S.C., March 13.

Tickets will go on sale Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. – more than a year before the show date. They can be bought at Ticketmaster.com, the PNC Arena Box Office and by phone 800-745-3000. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at EltonJohn.com.

“I’m not going to be touring anymore,” John said at a New York City press conference last month announcing the tour and his retirement.

“My priorities have changed,” he said, mentioning his young children.

John also promised this will be “the most produced, fantastic show I’ve ever done.”

John, whose 2019 Raleigh show will fall shortly before his 72nd birthday, has had some health issues in recent years. One of his biggest scares came last year with hospitalization from a bacterial infection contracted in South America.

For what it’s worth, he has announced his retirement before. In 1977, he announced he was giving up touring in the middle of a show, only to return to the road two years later.

But he said that wouldn’t be the case, according to Rolling Stone.

“I’m not Cher,” he said, according to Rolling Stone. “I’m 71. I can’t physically do the traveling anymore. I want to be at home. I really want to spend time with my children at home. I’ve had an incredible life, but life is all about change.”

Billy Joel performs at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, February 9, 2014. He returns to North Carolina for his first stadium show in the state – Oct. 13 at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
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Billy Joel tickets

Meanwhile, Billy Joel is planning his first stadium show in North Carolina this fall – at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

The show is Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

Joel last performed in Raleigh in February 2014 at the PNC Arena, a show that was announced with fanfare and a mayoral proclamation.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi