Backstage: Elton John, Bieber and more

A round-up of the latest live music news…

Elton John has added new stops in Australia and New Zealand as his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is expanded again.

The run will see the icon play fives dates in January 2023, including McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, AAMI Park in Melbourne, Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and

Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch. These are on top of two rescheduled shows in Auckland.

The singer’s final tour was announced back in 2018 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and injury. The tour is now due to run until mid-2023.

Justin Bieber is to resume his world tour in Italy later this month after a two-month hiatus due to illness.

A post on the Justice World Tour’s official Instagram account said Bieber will play the Lucca Festival on July 31, with dates having been postponed since early June when it was announced he was suffering with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. The North American section of the tour was put on hold as the syndrome caused a portion of his face to become paralysed.


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Bieber will traverse across Europe before embarking on the South America, Asia and Australian legs of his tour. Dates for his postponed North American shows will be announced “very soon,” according to the star’s social media channels.

K-pop group Ateez have announced dates for their second world tour of the year.

The Korean act will open in Seoul in October before a host of dates in major North American cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth and Toronto. The tour comes to an end in Japan in December.

Paramore have announced a 12-date tour of North America later this year. The run begins in Bakersfield, California, and includes dates in various US cities, as well as dates in Toronto and Mexico City.

The band’s previously announced three appearances at the When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas fall in the middle of the tour.

Canadian singer Ali Gatie is to embark on his biggest headline tour run to date later this year.

The Live Nation-produced tour kicks off on September 28 at Vega in Copenhagen, before hitting major markets across Europe and the US and concluding on December 17 at Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon.

Ali Gatie has garnered over 3.6 billion global streams, boasts 2.4 million TikTok followers, and is nearing the 1 billion-view mark on YouTube.