On Wednesday Elton John announced at a press conference, at New York City’s Gotham Hall, that he decided to retire from touring in order to spend more quality time with his family.
According to E-Online, Elton John, who has been touring since 1969, said “I’ve had an amazing life. I’ve had an amazing career. I’ve been incredibly lucky. My life has changed. The priorities of my life have changed. My priorities now are my children, my husband and my family.” However, he adds that this Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will “be the best production I’ve ever done… It’ll be a wonderful way to thank everyone.”
Furthermore, The Guardian noted that this announcement comes exactly 50 years after he met Bernie Taupin, his long-time songwriting partner. Before the announcement, John was interviewed by CNN host Anderson Cooper. John performed two songs from his repertoire, “Tiny Dancer” and “I’m Still Standing,” which was live streamed on Google Cardboard in order to give the viewers at home a real-life concert experience via virtual reality. John announced that this final tour would have 300 dates, spanning over five continents and lasting approximately three years.
In addition to this final tour, The Guardian noted that John will add more dates to his Las Vegas venue, Caesar’s palace, calling it the “The Million Dollar Piano.” Elton John announced that this Farewell tour will start in September 2018 and will last until 2021.
John will perform alongside Miley Cyrus at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on January 28th, 2018.