THE worldwide sensation that is Elton John has named a North East venue in what will be his final ever tour at major stadiums next year.

The musician, famed for songs such as Rocket Man and I'm Still Standing, will perform at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland next year.

Part of his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour' spectacle, Sir Elton has named the stadium among five across the UK, in addition to dozens of dates in Europe and America.

Travelling to cities such as Milan and Paris before shows in Norwich, Liverpool, Bristol and Swansea next year, he will perform in Sunderland on June 19. 

In January 2023, he will then travel to New Zealand for two shows, followed by dates in Australia, where the four-year tour will formally come to an end.

It comes as this week, the Stadium of Light hinted at Sir Elton's arrival to the region as it tweeted Sir Elton's logo on the pitch.

Ticket prices have not yet been revealed, although a date has been set for when they will go live - with certain credit card holders getting priority. 

This afternoon Sir Elton, 74, said: “The shows that I announce today will be my final tour dates ever in North America and Europe.

“I’m going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best, with the most spectacular production I’ve ever had, playing in places that have meant so much to me throughout my career.

“Whether it’s next summer in Frankfurt or at the legendary Dodger Stadium for the grand finale in the United States, I can’t wait to see you all on the road one last time.

“This has been an incredible tour so far, full of the most amazing highs, and I look forward to making more wonderful memories with you at these final shows.

“To all my friends down under, we’ll be seeing you too. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in your town.”

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour began in September 2018 and is set to be the Rocket Man singer’s final stint on the road.

He said he wants to spend more time with husband David Furnish and their two sons, Zachary and Elijah.

He was forced to postpone a string of dates last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's when tickets are going on sale

Public on-sales begin Wednesday, June 30 at 10am for UK dates, including Sunderland.

Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster, AXS, Alt Tickets and Gigantic.

American Express card holders will get exclusive presale access to all UK show dates beginning Thursday, June 24 at 10am until Tuesday, June 29 at 10pm.

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