Remember last fall, when Elton John announced a second farewell tour stop at Amalie Arena? Well, the bitch is not coming back for the time being.
The show—originally set for May 26 in Tampa—is among the remaining “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour stops that’ve been postponed due to concerns surrounding the global coronavirus pandemic. Other Florida dates affected include Orlando (May 28), Miami (May 30) and Jacksonville (June 3).
“Ticketholders of all 2020 postponed performances should hold onto their original tickets as new show date information for 2021 will be announced soon,” a press release says, adding that all original tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performances. “Elton promises to continue performing live for all his dedicated fans around the world again and thanks you for your endless support.”
This is another blow to Amalie’s concert calendar, which recently saw cancellations (Zion y Lennox, originally set for June 26), postponements (Tool, April 19; Justin Beiber, July 25) and at least one show (The Millenium Tour with B2K, now on August 1 at Yuengling Center) both postponed and moved.
Even thinking about concerts at large venues like Amalie Arena and the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre—where sell-out crowds can have over 15,000 people-19,000—feels like a pipe dream right now, as some medical experts have hinted that concerts at that scale won’t return until well into next year.
“Larger gatherings — conferences, concerts, sporting events — when people say they’re going to reschedule this conference or graduation event for October 2020, I have no idea how they think that’s a plausible possibility,” Dr. Zeke Emanuel—vice provost for global initiatives and director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania—told New York Times Magazine. “I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.”
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