Elton John announces farewell tour, retirement from touring

After nearly five decades on the road, Elton John has announced his next tour will be his last.

During a press event featuring Anderson Cooper of CNN, John said he will be stepping away from touring after his farewell tour, which is set to begin in September, in order to spend more time with his family.

“I’ve had an amazing life, I’ve had an amazing career,” John said. “I’ve been so incredibly lucky. My life has changed. The priorities in my life have changed. My heart is now with my children and my husband and my family.”

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Not surprisingly, John plans on his last tour being an epic voyage with grand stage spectacles. The tour, which is titled the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, is expected to take over three years and will span 300 dates on all seven continents over 300 dates, with the first coming in Allentown, Pennsylvania. John calls his tour “the most produced, fantastic show I’ve ever done on the road.”

“It’ll be a wonderful way to thank people,” John said. “I don’t want to go out with a whimper, I want to go out with a big bang.”

John, who will turn 71 in March, stressed that his decision to stop touring has nothing to do with health. John was hospitalized in 2017 after contracting a bacterial infection after tour dates in South America, but it didn’t stop him from continuing to perform.

“I’m in great health…” John said. “(The infection knocked me sideways, but I still did 96 shows last year.”

John doesn’t plan on stopping his music, saying the press conference he plans on “being creative until the day I die.” But with his kids set to hit ages 8 and 10 by the time he finishes his final tour, John wants to be there as they grow up.

“I love them so much,” John said. “I don’t want to miss them, and I don’t want them to miss me.”

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