Elton John is saying farewell to touring with a three year, 300-stop global tour kicking off in September, the longest he’s ever done.
In good health, the 70-year-old music legend revealed plans for his final world tour during a livestream on his website in advance of his six-year Las Vegas residency coming to a close in May.
John played two of his most famous songs during the announcement event, “Tiny Dancer” and “Still Standing”, and was then interviewed by Anderson Cooper about the decision to say goodbye to touring.
“My priorities have changed,” John explained, saying that he wanted to spend as much time as possible with his young children. “I don’t want to miss too much of this.”
John also clarified that he is not ill, and he will not stop making music: “I’ll be creative up to the day I die.”
The singer and his husband, Canadian filmmaker David Furnish, will take their two children with them on the road for nine months of the tour. The children will be 8 and 10-years-old when the tour finally concludes.
It was also announced that Gucci has partnered with John to provide all the outfits for the tour.
The farewell tour will kick off in Allentown, Pennyslvania in September.
John, who has sold over 200 million records during his storied career, played 87 concerts in 2017, including his ongoing Las Vegas show “The Million Dollar Piano”, as well as a number of tour dates in Europe and Australia.
The singer did have to cancel nine shows last year due to a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection, which had him in intensive care in April.
John’s website featured a countdown to the big announcement. The singer tweeted a teaser video Wednesday featuring images from his famous concerts at the Troubadour in Las Vegas in 1970 with the caption “A wrinkle in time. Past meets present.”
John is currently set to perform at the Grammys on Sunday with Miley Cyrus, and will host a special concert honouring him at Madison Square Garden next week.
Along with his music, John also appeared as himself in the film “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” last year, and has been working on the live-action “The Lion King”, the animated “Sherlock Gnomes, which he is also producing, and a broadway adaptation of “The Devil Wears Prada.