Beloved British icon, Elton John is putting himself first.
After recording and touring for nearly 50 years, he is ready for retirement.
Before closing the curtain forever, John has one last surprise in store. Coming this September, he will embark on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. The worldwide tour will last three years, making 300 check in stops along the way across five continents.
The announcement was revealed at New York’s Gotham Hall during a press conference. Simultaneously, fans in London also got to witness the moment on a live stream broadcast on YouTube.
A trippy, kaleidoscopic video montage presented flashbacks of the 70-year-old’s legendary hits.
The program panned to John himself, flawlessly belting out classic favorites “Tiny Dancer” and “I’m Still Standing.”
Afterwards, the music icon sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, to discuss his current plans.
“I’m not going to be touring anymore, apart from this global tour which launches in September.” He told Cooper. “It is the last time that I’ll be touring and traveling the world because my priorities have changed… I have children and that changed our lives.”
Back in 2015, John sat down with his husband advertising executive, David Furnish to discuss the next step. After looking at their children’s school schedules they made the ultimate decision for the legendary star to quit touring.
“I’ve had an amazing life, amazing career,” said John.”My priorities now are my children, my husband and my family and I’ve been touring since I was 17 with various bands, then as Elton John in 1969 and I thought the time was right to say thank you to all my friends around the world globally and then to say goodbye and just to have a breather.”
After a series of health problems, John is ready to make health care another top priority.
“I picked up an infection in South America and it knocked me sideways for seven weeks but I still did 96 shows last year.” John explains “I always thought I’d be like Ray Charles or B.B. King and tour forever, but once our life changes, you have the children — it changes your life so much.”
While “Rocket Man” is ready to launch his final departure from touring. He still promises to stay in tune with his creativity and produce new music.
John will go out with a “final bang” starting in Allentown, Pennsylvania on September 8. Tickets for “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” go on sale February 2. The spectacle promises a grand visual display for fans attending, guiding them through decades of classic hits for everybody to enjoy.
Watch: Elton John Live At Madison Square Garden