Elton John announced today that he would be retiring from the road ... that is after a very lengthy world tour that includes a stop in Albany!

This morning Elton John teased a huge announcement to come and he fully delivered this afternoon.

At a press conference this afternoon at New York's Gotham Hall Elton John announced his retirement from touring while fans across the globe watched via a live stream. While it's a little sad that the world will be without Elton's live show that won't be a reality quite yet.

During the press conference Elton announced that after touring for 40+ years he has decided to retire from the road in order to re shift his priorities and focus on his family. Elton being the performer that he is, is not going to leave us hanging. He has planned a very lengthy farewell tour that will hit over 300 cities across the globe that will keep him pretty busy for the next three years and give him a chance to say thank you and goodbye to all the fans that have supported him over the years.

The first round of dates for Elton John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" retirement tour have been announced and included in the first round of dates is a stop right here in the Capital Region!

Elton John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour comes to the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday, March 1st, 2019!!

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, Feb 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM and will run you anywhere from $49.50 for 200 level, $124.50 for sections 101, 108, 117 & 124-130, and $224.50 for floor; 102-107 & 118-123. You can get yours at the arena box office at Times Union Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. just a heads up there are a few pre-sales coming up this week that you may be able to get in on if you want to make sure to secure your tickets early.

Elton John's website has been crashing pretty frequently since the announcement however, NYUP.com managed to get a list of dates before it did which you can see below. There are a couple more NY and area dates you can look into if for some reason you can't make the Albany show.

Elton John Farewell Tour Dates

SEP 8 PPL Center * Allentown, PA
SEP 11 Wells Fargo Center * Philadelphia, PA
SEP 12 Wells Fargo Center * Philadelphia, PA
SEP 15 KeyBank Center * Buffalo
SEP 16 Bryce Jordan Ctr, University Park, PA
SEP 19 XL Center * Hartford, CT
SEP 21 Capital One Arena * Washington
SEP 22 Capital One Arena * Washington
SEP 25 Air Canada Centre * Toronto, ON, Canada
SEP 26 Air Canada Centre * Toronto, ON, Canada
SEP 28 Canadian Tire Centre * Ottawa, ON, Canada
SEP 29 Centre Videotron * Quebec, QC, Canada
OCT 4 Centre Bell * Montreal, QC, Canada
OCT 6 TD Garden * Boston, MA
OCT 10 PPG Paints Arena * Pittsburgh, PA
OCT 12 Little Caesars Arena * Detroit
OCT 15 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan * Grand Rapids, MI
OCT 18 The Garden * New York
OCT 19 The Garden * New York
OCT 23 KFC Yum! Center * Louisville, KY
OCT 24 Bridgestone Arena * Nashville, TN
OCT 26 United Center * Chicago, IL
OCT 27 United Center * Chicago, IL
OCT 30 Scottrade Center * St. Louis, MO
NOV 2 The Schottenstein Center * Columbus, OH
NOV 3 Quicken Loans Arena * Cleveland, OH
NOV 8 The Garden * New York
NOV 23 BB&T Center * Sunrise, FL
NOV 24 AmericanAirlines Arena * Miami, FL
NOV 27 Amway Center * Orlando, FL
NOV 28 Amalie Arena * Tampa, FL
NOV 30 Philips Arena * Atlanta, GA
DEC 1 Philips Arena * Atlanta, GA
DEC 4 TheBJCC * Birmingham, AL
DEC 6 Smoothie King Center * New Orleans, LA
DEC 8 Houston Toyota Center * Houston, TX
DEC 9 Houston Toyota Center * Houston, TX
DEC 12 AT&T Center Pkwy, San Antonio, TX
DEC 14 American Airlines Center * Dallas, TX
DEC 15 American Airlines Center * Dallas, TX

JAN 11 Taco Bell Arena * Boise, ID
JAN 12 Moda Center at the Rose Quarter * Portland, OR
JAN 15 Savemart Center * Fresno, CA
JAN 16 Golden 1 Center * Sacramento, CA
JAN 18 Oracle Arena * Oakland, CA
JAN 19 SAP Center * San Jose, CA
JAN 22 Staples Center * Los Angeles, CA
JAN 23 Staples Center * Los Angeles, CA
JAN 26 Gila River Arena * Glendale
JAN 29 Valley View Casino Center * San Diego, CA
FEB 7 Pepsi Center * Denver, CO
FEB 9 BOK Center * Tulsa, OK
FEB 12 CenturyLink Center Omaha * Omaha, NE
FEB 13 Sprint Center * Kansas City, MO
FEB 19 New Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, USA
FEB 21 Target Center * Minneapolis, MN
FEB 27 US Bank Arena * Cincinnati, OH
MAR 1 Times Union Center * Albany
MAR 8 Barclays Center * New York
MAR 12 PNC Arena * Raleigh, NC
MAR 13 Colonial Life Arena * Columbia, SC
MAR 15 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena * Jacksonville, FL
MAY 2 Stadhalle, Vienna, Austria.
MAY 4 TAURON Arena Krakow * Krakow, Poland
MAY 7 O2 Arena Prague - Rammstein * Prague, Czech Republic
MAY 9 OVB-Arena Bremen * Bremen, Germany
MAY 11 Schleyerhalle * Stuttgart, Germany
MAY 12 KoPi Arena Oberhausen * Sassenburg, Germany
MAY 15 Ziggo Dome * Amsterdam, Netherlands
MAY 18 Royal Arena * Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 19 Scandinavium * Gothenburg, Sweden
MAY 22 TUI Arena * Hanover, Germany
MAY 23 Antwerps Sportpaleis * Merksem, Belgium
MAY 26 Olympiahalle Munchen * Munich, Germany
JUN 1 Bowling Green, Wiebasden, Germany
JUN 12 3Arena * Dublin, Ireland
JUN 29-30 Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland

Additional tour dates are expected to be announced later.