The "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour of Sir Elton John hits the longer road after all. The "Rocketman" announced earlier that his scheduled remaining summer tour shows from May 22 to July 8 will not push through due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The official statement posted in his Twitter account specifies that the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will move the North America summer tour to the following year, 2021. Part of his announcement reads, "It is with deep regret that Elton John must postpone the remainder of his upcoming North American 2020 dates."  

Previously on March 16, the pop legend announced the decision to reschedule shows from March 26 to May 2. Now, the entire 2020 summer tour will be moved to 2021. The leg was supposed to kick off on March 26 in Indianapolis, then will move on to Toronto and Montreal before going back to the U.S. on April 6 in New York. A host of multiple cities will follow with the final stop at Kansas City on July 8. A total of 33 shows were postponed.

The decision is made in compliance with the imposed social distancing caused by the current pandemic that has struck the world. The statement encourages ticket holders to keep their tickets pending the new dates to be announced at a later date. "All original tickets will be honored," it further said, "at the rescheduled performances."

Sir Elton John's postponed tour now has become another casualty by the COVID-19 virus. The move is not a surprise at all as major concerts and events have been earlier postponed or canceled in the U.S. and other parts of the world.  

The announcement further states that SEJ made the "tough decision" with the priority focused on the "continued safety and well-being of his fans." He understood that the health care industry is under extreme pressure and with the "concern that these gatherings continue to risk accelerating the spread of the coronavirus."

The flamboyant star, 73, assured his fans and followers that he would continue to be performing live before them again. In the end, he extended his gratefulness for the loyal fan's endless support.

Elton John's works for COVID-19 relief

Sir Elton John knows the insurmountable impact caused by the pandemic. He has been generous in his efforts to do charity works. Through the Elton John's AIDS Foundation (EJAF), an emergency fund was put into place to support the foundation's beneficiaries. It will be utilized for continued access to medicines, treatment, and testings.

On March 29, the multi-awardee singer hosted "iHeart Living Room Concert for America" as a tribute to the medical professionals and essential workers in the frontline that battle COVID-19. The online concert, with musical guests Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish, Backstreet Boys, Sam Smith, Tim McGraw, and many others, was able to raise funds through donations amounting to almost $8 million for COVID-19 relief.  

Last April 18, Elton John joined the roster of star-studded musical artists in the historical benefit concert, "One World: Together at Home." He did a grand piano performance with the song "I'm Still Standing" with a basketball hoop as his background.  

Elton John will also be featured in the upcoming album of Lady Gaga titled "Chromatica." The two great singers have a duet with the track "Sine From Above."