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Elton John to kickoff rescheduled American tour in 2022 in New Orleans

The Rocket Man, like all other performers, had his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour detoured by coronavirus.
Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John performs "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," nominated for the award for best original song, from "Rocketman" at the Oscars in Los Angeles. John is opening up his vault and releasing an expansive collection of rarely heard and unreleased tracks. John announced Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, that the eight-CD collection, “Elton: Jewel Box," will be released Nov. 13. The collection includes “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” an unreleased studio demo from 1969. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

NEW ORLEANS — Elton John has announced the dates to resume his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour worldwide and in North America and he's got a late 2021 timetable to start performing again.

John will kick off in September 2021 in Berlin and will tour Europe. His first scheduled tour in North America will be January 19, 2022 in New Orleans, according to his Eltonjohn.com web site.

In an ambitious bit of scheduling, John has his tour set through January 2023, making it a nearly year-and-a-half long tour that starts just over a year from now.

"“I’ve been enjoying my time at home with the family while the world navigates its way through the COVID pandemic," he said on his site in announcing the tour return. "But, I really miss being on the road and performing for my beloved fans in my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. While the scientists are making great progress, we are making big plans for a return to touring that will allow us to ensure the health and safety of everyone. I will be starting my tour again in Europe and the UK in the Fall of 2021."

John was scheduled to appear in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center in June before the entire tour was postponed.