Elton John’s goodbye to Milwaukee isn’t going as planned.
The superstar’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour stop scheduled for Fiserv Forum Feb. 19 is being postponed.
It’s taking place instead on Oct. 19.
The eight-month delay is “due to a necessary window needed in the tour schedule to make some technical production adjustments,” according to a press release from Fiserv Forum issued Wednesday afternoon.
According to the press release, “‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ is the most technical and complicated tour production that Elton has ever taken on the road. The tour needs to use the Milwaukee date to make technical modifications to the show in order to give fans the best experience possible.”
“Elton is deeply sorry for any inconvenience caused by the rescheduling, but he’s passionate about presenting the show in the best possible way for his fans,” the statement read. “He thanks everyone for their patience, cooperation and ongoing support.”
The originally scheduled show is nearly sold out. All previously purchased tickets will be honored on Oct. 19.
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John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” is billed as his final tour, and is scheduled to hit five continents through 2021. As of Wednesday afternoon, no show postponements have been officially listed on John’s site.
It’s the third Fiserv Forum concert to be delayed since the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena opened last September.
Rapper Travis Scott was supposed to perform at Fiserv Forum Dec. 9, but that show was one of four postponed last year due to “production issues.” He’s scheduled to play the Milwaukee arena Feb. 22.
Several of Ariana Grande’s spring shows were also postponed after she was booked to headline the Coachella festival in California. The Milwaukee appearance, originally scheduled for April 15, is now happening July 5.
Even with the delays, Fiserv Forum can boast a strong first full year of concert bookings.
The arena has 20 set for 2019 so far, topping the shuttered Bradley Center’s previous record of 18 concerts in 2008.
In its first three months of operation, Fiserv Forum sold 128,850 concert tickets, 10,000 more than the Bradley Center did for all of 2017, according to concert trade publication Pollstar.
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Published 5:57 PM EST Feb 13, 2019