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Elton John announces homecoming shows at Watford FC’s Vicarage Road stadium

"Through the good times and the bad, Watford have been a huge part of my life"

By Nick Reilly

Elton John wears tinted glasses and a blue blazer in a press shot
John has lifted the veil on the collaborative process behind 'The Lockdown Sessions'. (Photo: Gregg Kemp).

Elton John has announced he will play two hometown shows at Vicarage Road, the home of his beloved Watford FC, next summer.

The music icon will play the stadium on June 3 – 4 as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

He is well known for his long-standing affinity with the Premier League club, becoming their chairman in 1976 and remaining an Honorary Life-President. A stand at the ground is also named in his honour.

“I simply had to play Vicarage Road a final time as part of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour,” John said in a statement. “My relationship with the club, with the fans, the players and the staff over the years have meant the world to me. Through the good times and the bad, Watford have been a huge part of my life.

“I love the club so dearly, and have had some of the best days of my life in those stands – these shows are going to be so incredibly emotional, and to spend them surrounded by my fellow Watford fans will be wonderful. We’ve been on quite the journey together. Come on you ‘Orns!”

Tickets go on sale on Thursday December 2 at 10am here.

Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will also take in a show at London’s Hyde Park next summer, as well as dates across Europe.

It will then conclude in 2023 with a string of arena dates in London, Manchester and Birmingham. They were originally set to take place this winter, but were pushed back when the musician was forced to undergo a hip replacement.

Despite it being his last tour, the musician recently said he was “full of beans” to make new music while attending a ceremony hosted by Prince Charles in which he was named Order of the Companions of Honour.

The ceremony at Windsor Castle saw John receive the nod for his career in music as well as his charity work.

John spoke of feeling honoured to receive the award: “I’ve had an amazing life, music has been my life, and I got this for music and for work for charity.

“I may not look as if I’m 100 per cent fit – but I’m not quite – but I’m still raring to go and I’ve got a lot more work to do as far as my life goes.”