Sir Elton John today announced that brilliant young award-winning singer/songwriter Tate Sheridan will warm audiences at the outdoor concerts on his epic Farewell Yellow Brick Road Australian Tour, beginning at Perth’s HBF Park on November 30.
A unique storyteller, Tate Sheridan has always been a name to watch, garnering Sir Elton’s attention in 2015 when the then 23-year old Sheridan was asked to open select Australia and New Zealand dates on the artist’s national tour that December. Since then, Elton has taken keen interest in Sheridan’s music, playing his song ‘Fade To Black’ on his Apple Music Beats 1 Radio Show to an audience of millions.
In 2019-2020, Sheridan will join Sir Elton on 22 of his 34 Australian dates, performing songs from his latest solo work, Angel Man, which captures the beautiful rustic tones of the old Americana, plus tunes from his impressive back catalogue. Sheridan will perform some of these appearances solo on piano, and others as a three-piece, with piano, bass and drums. Further information listed below.
“I’m thrilled to be opening for Sir Elton John once again, on his final Australian tour”, said Tate. “He was probably my biggest childhood hero and his music has been a huge inspiration. It all feels very surreal and I can’t wait to play alongside this musical legend later this month and into 2020!”
Tate Sheridan’s musical background is vast; as a prodigious jazz pianist, he was awarded the 2014 ACT Critics Circle Artist of the Year for his dedication to jazz and pop music. In 2015, Tate became one of the youngest ever musicians to be nominated for the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship, and has already been awarded the Friends of the ANU School of Music’s Bernhard Neumann Memorial Prize, the Winifred Burston Memorial Prize, and the Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Prize for his dedication to Australian music.
In recent years, Tate’s musical endeavours have taken a change of direction, writing and recording in New York and Nashville. His vintage approach to recording has gained the attention of legendary Australian musicians including INXS principal songwriter Andrew Farriss.
Since going on sale in February this year, Australia and New Zealand have snapped up tickets to Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, with total sales exceeding half a million tickets to date.
With a mammoth 40-concert run beginning later this month, and following rave reviews for the epic musical fantasy Rocketman and Me autobiography, Elton John frenzy has well and truly landed in Australia. The legendary performer will spend three months delivering his famed songbook to audiences across the country, beginning 30 November and 1 December in Perth, his last ever West Australian concerts, and 48 years on from his first ever Australian show, which took place at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on 17 October in 1971.
“Australia and New Zealand, I can’t wait to be with you again”, said Sir Elton. “Your audiences have always been very generous towards me, and I know that this final tour will be the most memorable ever”.
“I’ve just returned from watching Elton perform in North America, and let me tell you, he’s in incredible form”, said promoter Michael Chugg. “The production is fantastic, it’s one hell of a show and you absolutely don’t want to miss it.”
Complete with brand new stage production, and tour wardrobe designed by Italian fashion house Gucci, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour is intimate and personal, while also spectacular and daring. Audiences will experience a rare glimpse into Elton’s life, and the deeply personal meaning behind some of his greatest hits, via mesmerising, never-before-seen images and videos displayed throughout the show from his incredible 50-year career.
He will be joined by longstanding band members Nigel Olsson on drums (part of Elton’s original three-piece band in 1970), esteemed musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, virtuoso Ray Cooper on percussion, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.
“… the time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye.” – Elton John
Garnering rave reviews at sell-out shows across North America, Elton John’s curtain call will be the last chance to catch this legendary performer touring in Australia.
“Elton’s farewell tour is wonderfully over the top… He plays for nearly three hours, energy constantly high, finishing almost every song by getting off his piano stool and gesturing “Come on!” at the audience… Rocket Man reaches the stars on his last ever trip” – ***** (Five Stars) The Guardian
More than a concert; an unforgettable memory!
This is the final chance to nab your spot at Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour – Don’t miss out.