Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will circumnavigate Canada next month.
Expressing “great regret”, a terse update to concert listings on the superstar’s website cites “COVID-19 restrictions” for the cancellation of four appearances in Montreal and Toronto.
They include two shows scheduled for the Bell Center in Montreal on March 9 and 10 and two scheduled for Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on March 12 and 13.
Pandemic control measures in Ontario and Quebec limit theaters to 50% of regular seating capacity on these dates. Both provinces are set to lift their limits on March 14.
Shows scheduled for Rogers Center in Toronto on September 7 and BC Place in Vancouver on October 21 remain on John’s website.
the The Rocket Man The singer is in the midst of a massive world tour which he says will be his last, but it has been beset by various postponements and cancellations since the start of the pandemic.
More recently, John postponed farewell concert dates in the United States after contracting COVID-19 earlier this year, despite having been vaccinated and strengthened. He also postponed European dates until 2023 so he could have surgery on an injured hip.
John is just the latest high-profile star to change his plans to visit Canada.
Last month, Billie Eilish postponed shows scheduled for Toronto and Montreal in February, citing “local guidelines and an abundance of caution.” Dua Lipa had also planned to perform in Montreal and Toronto in February, but postponed the shows to July 25 and 27.
“It is with great regret that this show has been canceled due to current COVID-19 restrictions,” read a notice on John’s website Friday. He added that refunds for the Montreal and Toronto shows are available at point of sale.