Elton John's ongoing final tour will be the subject of a new official documentary — Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And The Years That Made His Legend. Rolling Stone reported the doc will be co-directed R.J. Cutler along with Elton's husband David Furnish, “and will be centered around John’s farewell tour, while also looking back at 1970 to 1975, the monumental period when John released 10 albums and scored some of his biggest hits. The doc will also include an array of unseen concert footage from the past 50 years, as well as John’s handwritten journals and present-day footage of the musician and his family.”
No release date has been announced for the new film, but it will hit the festival circuit and fans can expect a limited theatrical release. After that, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And The Years That Made His Legend will air exclusively on Disney+.
David Furnish, who's been with Elton since 1993 said in a statement, “Elton and I could not think of a better collaborator than R.J. Cutler for a film that represents more than just Elton’s career — it’s his life. From the Troubadour to Dodger Stadium, we knew that R.J. would help guide Elton’s story and its many layers in a way that feels authentic and evocative. We’re ecstatic to be working together.”
Elton John will wrap his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour over three nights — November 17th, 19th, and 20th — at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium.
Elton John still prides himself on being on top of the technological changes in the music industry — even though he's personally remained an admitted consumer of physical product: “Things have changed in the music business, a lot. I mean, God, have they! And we've definitely gone after the streaming, the YouTube's, the people like that, because if you write a song, you want people to hear it, you want them to remember it, and become a part of their lives. And luckily enough, I've always had a younger audience because a thing, like, The Lion King, came along and it's, kind of, like a regurgitating thing. And I'm definitely involved in streaming — I want my music to be heard. I'm a Luddite. I've never downloaded anything in my life — not even porn. (laughter)”
Elton John kicks off his next string of tour dates on July 15th at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.