Farewell Tours You Must See in 2018
There will be no shortage of phenomenal concerts and tours coming through Minnesota this Spring, Summer and Fall.
Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers will bring their Summer of Living Dangerously Tour to the Xcel Energy Center June 15. The Eagles -- together with Jimmy Buffet -- will play their first outdoor concert in Minnesota in 30 years June 30 at Target Field. Culture Club and the B-52's will rock the Grand Stand at the Minnesota State Fair September 3.
But if there are two shows you want to be sure you don't miss, they're Paul Simon and Elton John who both kick off farewell tours in 2018.
While Paul Simon has made numerous claims over the years to quit touring, his latest claim seems likely. He wrote in a letter to fans, "I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly." Still, Simon is just three years away from 80, and Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour seems like it very well could be just that. Say your goodbyes to Paul Simon at the Xcel Energy Center June 8.
Elton John has also announced he's hanging up his hat with an extensive three-year farewell tour. The "Crocodile Rock" singer has been saying for years -- decades, actually -- that he's done touring. But at 70 years old, he's ready to spend more time with his kids. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour launches in September, though John won't reach Minnesota's Target Center until 2019 for two dates February 21st and 22nd.
Additional farewell tours planned for 2018 include Ozzy Ozbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Joan Baez.