Elton John has announced that he has decided to retire from touring.
The legendary performer shared the news in a live-streamed announcement this afternoon (January 24), telling fans that he wants to focus on his family. He and husband David Furnish are parents to two young sons who are now at school age.
Elton will bow out after a massive three-year world tour beginning in the US this September, meaning his final shows will take place in 2021.
“I’m not Cher,” he said during the announcement, referencing the ‘Believe’ singer’s habit of returning to live work following supposed ‘farewell’ tours. “This is the end.”
Elton has titled his final tour the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’. Its UK dates will take place in 2019 and 2020, with tickets going on sale in September of this year.
Check out the tour’s current itinerary below:
NORTH AMERICA – Fall 2019 – On Sale from December 7, 2018
Anaheim * Baltimore * Bossier City * Calgary * Charlotte * Chattanooga * Des Moines * Edmonton * Eugene * Grand Forks * Green Bay * Greenville * Indianapolis * Las Vegas * Lexington * Long Island * Madison * Manchester * Newark * Memphis * N. Little Rock * Oklahoma City * Peoria * Regina * Salt Lake City * San Francisco * Saskatoon * Sioux Falls * Tacoma * Wichita * Winnipeg * Vancouver
UK – 2019/2020 – On Sale September 2018
Plymouth * Cardiff * Brighton * London * Liverpool * Leeds * Aberdeen * Glasgow * Sheffield * Birmingham * Newcastle * Nottingham * Manchester
EUROPE – 2019/2020 – On Sale TBA
Paris * Bordeaux * Marseille * Lyon * Nimes ** Madrid * Zaragoza * Valencia * Palma * Malaga * Seville ** Cologne * Mannheim * Leipzig * Berlin * Hamburg ** Rome * Lucca * Bologna * Milan ** Faro * Lisbon * Oporto ** St Petersburg * Moscow ** Tel Aviv ** Oslo ** Stockholm ** Helsinki ** Vilnius ** Riga ** Tallinn ** Wroclaw ** Budapest ** Graz * Linz ** Liechtenstein ** Bern ** Andorra
ASIA – November/December 2019 – On Sale from November 1, 2018
Tokyo * Hong Kong * Singapore * Seoul * ADDITIONAL MARKETS TO FOLLOW
SOUTH AMERICA – 2020 – On Sale September 2019
Sao Paulo * Rio de Janeiro * Belo Horizonte * Porto Alegre * Buenos Aires * Santiago
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – Late 2019, early 2020 – On Sale November 26, 2018
Sydney * Melbourne * Brisbane * Adelaide * Perth *
During the live-streamed announcement, Elton refuted rumours that poor health had motivated his decision to stop touring, saying: “I’m in great health.”
He also said he isn’t retiring completely from music, insisting he intends to remain “creative” after he parks his tour bus for the last time.
The announcement took place at 9.30 PT / 12.30 ET / 17.30 GMT and was streamed live on YouTube.
Elton has since added in a written statement: “Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe. I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”