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Tickets for Elton John's final Boise concert on sale today

When it comes to so-called “final tours,” rock fans have become understandably skeptical, if not jaded.

(Hasn’t Kiss been on a farewell trek for a couple of decades or something?)

So if you roll your eyes when I break out “The Bitch Is Back” quip for the second time in three years, I forgive you.

Yep, Elton John is returning to Boise. To say goodbye one more time. He’ll perform a concert at Taco Bell Arena on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. That’s one year from now in a final world tour that will last three years. John announced his retirement tour Wednesday in an on-stage interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour comes on the heels of Sir Elton’s last Boise visit — The Final Curtain tour in 2015.

If you remember back then, I had a phone conversation with John’s longtime tour manager, DC Parmet, who explained that Boiseans had probably better go see that concert.

“This is it,” Parmet said. “I feel incredibly confident that this will be our last swing through Boise.”


Let’s not be too hard on Parmet. His job is to sell tickets. Plus, how could the man know for sure? This is show biz. Anything can happen.

John, 70, seems to enjoy visiting Idaho — or at least Boise State University. In addition to The Final Curtain show in 2015, he played the university’s arena in 1999, 2006 and 2011.

Tickets to his 2019 concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. A presale begins Jan. 25, according to Ticketmaster.

Prices have not been announced. But Forbes magazine is predicting that John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will gross “north of $400 million,” making it one of the 10 highest-grossing tours of all time.

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