Elton John announces farewell world concerts

Elton John announces farewell world concerts

Elton John announces farewell world concerts

Elton John announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from touring, with the consummate showman saying he wants to devote himself to his children - but after a final, massive swing around the world.

Sir Elton John confirmed his plans to retire from touring to spend more time with his family this week.

Elton John has announced that he has chose to retire from touring... after a 300 date tour that will include a final performance in Glasgow.

Elton insisted that his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which begins in Pennsylvania in September, would be his last, joking that he was "not Cher" and explaining that he had been planning to bow out for a few years.

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Mr. John, who closes his latest extravagant Las Vegas residency in May, said he was also open to concerts after the tour but that they would likely only be in his native Britain.

The last time he played Philadelphia was 2013 on his "Diving Board" tour. He calls it a "way to go out with a bang". "I will be hopefully making more records, I'll be writing more musicals or I'll be doing more exhibitions with our photography, but mostly I'll be taking my kids to soccer academy, which is the most important thing".

John made the announcement after a live performance of his hits "Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing".

At the Grammy Awards, to be presented in NY on Sunday, John is to perform alongside Miley Cyrus and will collect the President's Merit Award. I want to be at home.

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But he said he had been on the road since he was 17, adding; "I can't physically do the travelling anymore". We had children and I changed our lives. "I never thought I could be a father, I thought I'm too selfish, too set in my ways", he said. "I don't want to die on the road".

"I'll still be involved in music", he added.

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