It’s been a long, long farewell. But it’s also been a profitable one.
With the final, FINAL show in Stockholm last night (July 8), Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour has brought in about US$910 million, making it the biggest roadtrip in the history of rock. This puts him far ahead of Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour (US$776.4 million) and U2’s 360 Tour (US$736.4 million). Neither of those tours have been adjusted before inflation.
That US$10 billion is not the final number, either. We’ve yet to see the grosses from the last ten shows, each of which should be worth at least US$15020 million each. Ten shows times 15 mil and we’re comfortably beyond a bil. It’s some nice dosh.
But look out. Taylor Swfit’s Eras tour is also on track to earn US$1 billion. I’ve seen some estimate that the final gross will be US$1.4 billion.
Here’s Elton’s very last song. Read more about that gig here.