NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Elton John on Wednesday (Jan 24) introduced a three-year farewell world tour, saying he would stop touring afterward to deal with life together with his household.
The 70-year-old singer, one of many best-selling recording artists within the world over a 50-year profession, instructed a news conference in New York that his priorities have modified after changing into a dad or mum to 2 youngsters together with his husband David Furnish.
“I love them so much. I don’t want to miss them and I don’t want them to miss me,” he mentioned.
“I’ve had a good run.”
He mentioned his final tour, referred to as Farewell Yellow Brick Road,would begin in September 2018 within the United States and would final via 2021, taking him throughout the world.
“It will be a wonderful way to thank people,” he mentioned. “It’s a way of going out with a bang. I’m not the kind of guy to go out with a whimper.”
John made the announcement after a dwell efficiency of his hits Tiny Dancer and I’m Still Standing.
With a penchant for flamboyant stage costumes and an ear for piano rockers and ballads, John has dominated the pop trade for many years with hits like Your Song and Candle In The Wind.
On Wednesday, he denied British media stories that he was quitting touring due to in poor health well being.
But he mentioned he had been on the highway since he was 17, including;“I can’t physically do the traveling anymore. I want to be home with my children more.”
John and Furnish married in 2014 and the couple are elevating two sons, Zachary, seven, and Elijah, 5, who had been born via a surrogate mom.
“I never thought that I could love anything as much as I love my sons… I never thought I could be a father, I thought I’m too selfish, too set in my ways,” he mentioned.
John is because of carry out on the Grammy Awards in New York on Sunday.
On Jan 30, musicians together with Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Chris Martin and Sam Smith pays tribute to his music and profession at a beforehand introduced concert in New York.
John, who has Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards for his work in movie and theatre together with The Lion King and Billy Elliott, mentioned he deliberate to stay inventive however mentioned that after the tour he would possible take two or three years off from writing music.
Once a hard-partying rock star with a voracious urge for food for cocaine and alcohol, John has achieved the form of long-lasting fame loved by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
He additionally was one of many first celebrities to turn into concerned within the struggle towards Aids. His Aids Foundation, established in 1992, has raised thousands and thousands of for prevention and companies.