‘It means the world to me’: Sir Elton John announces two shows at Watford FC’s Vicarage Road

Sir Elton John has announced two special homecoming shows at Watford Football Club’s Vicarage Road as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

The singer, 74, will play the gigs at the stadium on June 3 and 4, having become the club’s chairman in 1976 and taken on the title of Honorary Life President.

He previously performed at the west London hotspot in 1974, 2005 and 2010, and has a stand named after himself in its grounds.

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Showman: Sir Elton John has announced two special homecoming shows at Watford Football Club’s Vicarage Road as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour (pictured in 2019)

In a statement, the Your Song hitmaker said: ‘I simply had to play Vicarage Road a final time as part of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

‘My relationship with the club, with the fans, the players and the staff over the years have meant the world to me.

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‘Through the good times and the bad, Watford have been a huge part of my life.

‘I love the club so dearly, and have had some of the best days of my life in those stands – these shows are going to be so incredibly emotional, and to spend them surrounded by my fellow Watford fans will be wonderful.

‘Come on you ‘Orns!’ The singer, 74, will play the gigs at the stadium on June 3 and 4, having become the club’s chairman in 1976 and taken on the title of Honorary Life President (pictured in 2014)

Excited: In a statement, the Your Song hitmaker said: ‘I simply had to play Vicarage Road a final time as part of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour’ (pictured in 2019)

‘We’ve been on quite the journey together. Come on you ‘Orns!’

The music legend will bow out of touring after completing the rest of his farewell tour, which has been postponed until 2023 after he fell and injured himself and subsequently underwent hip replacement surgery.

And while he won’t be going on any more extensive jaunts around the globe, the five-time Grammy winner has insisted he’s not giving up music completely, as he will continue to make new tunes.

He recently said: ‘I can assure you it’s the final tour. I will be doing some charity shows if I’m asked, but I’m not touring again. I’ll be 76 when I finish, I need to be with my family. My boys will be teenagers.

‘I will always make music, I’ll always be doing my radio stuff and whatever, but you know I’ve been playing music since I was 17 professionally.

‘That’s 57 years of, it’ll be 59 years by the time I finish. I’ve had enough applause, I can’t do a better show than I’m doing and so I’m really really, I’m really adamant that I’m not touring again. I can’t.’

He shares Zachary, 10, and Elijah, 8, with husband David Furnish whom he married in 2014 following a civil partnership which commenced in 2005.

History: ‘My relationship with the club, with the fans, the players and the staff over the years have meant the world to me’ (pictured in 2021)