Elton John tests positive for COVID-19, but OKC concert still on for this weekend

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Elton John's long goodbye continues to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but this weekend's Oklahoma City show is still set to go on as planned.

The Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is postponing this week's Dallas concerts scheduled for Jan. 25-26 at American Airlines Center.

But the music icon is fully vaccinated and boosted against the coronavirus and is only experiencing mild symptoms, according to an email from his tour publicist.

OKC, Arkansas stops still planned on Elton John farewell tour

So, John, who turns 75 in March, is expected to return to the road with his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour this weekend for a North Little Rock, Arkansas, show Jan. 29 at Simmons Bank Arena and his OKC concert Jan. 30 at Paycom Center (formerly Chesapeake Energy Arena).

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been forced to postpone numerous shows on his worldwide "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" trek during the pandemic.

John launched his final tour September 2018 to sold-out crowds and with a pledge to perform more than 300 shows across five continents. Marking the end of more than a half-century on the road, he set out to play North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia before originally planning to conclude the tour in 2021.

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Elton John performs "Bennie and the Jets" on Nov. 2, 2018, during his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" Tour stop at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Elton John performs "Bennie and the Jets" on Nov. 2, 2018, during his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" Tour stop at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Elton John farewell tour visited Oklahoma in 2019

The tour made its first Oklahoma stop in February 2019 at Tulsa's BOK Center, with a July 2020 OKC date subsequently added.

The tour continued until March 2020, when the pandemic forced the rock legend to take a nearly two-year break from the road. In fall 2020, John announced the OKC show and several other North American dates had been rescheduled for early 2022.

“I’ve been enjoying my time at home with the family while the world navigates its way through the COVID pandemic. But, I really miss being on the road and performing for my beloved fans” John said in a statement at that time. "Don’t worry about me. I’m using my downtime to keep myself fighting fit and healthier than ever. I’m raring to go."

He returned to the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour Jan. 19 with a show in New Orleans.

Due to the number of rescheduled dates, John's goodbye tour is currently set to extend into 2023, nearly five years after it launched.

Fans who were planning to attend this week's Dallas shows are advised to hold on to their tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled dates, which are to be announced soon.

For more information, go to https://www.eltonjohn.com.

Contributing: USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Elton John gets COVID-19, but OKC stop on farewell tour still on

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