Sir Elton John has confirmed his plans to retire from touring but will first embark on an enormous three-year world tour titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road.
The performer said he will begin the tour’s 300 concerts in the US this September and the tour would continue through to 2021.
But Australian and New Zealand fans will have to wait until December 2019 before Elton comes to our shores.
“It’s time to come off the road so I fully embrace the next chapter of my life,” he said.
“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 coming off the road so I can dedicate more time to raising my children.”
His two children with husband David Furnish, Elijah and Zachary, will be 10 and eight-years-old when the tour finally wraps up.
“David and I sat down with a school schedule and I said, ‘I don’t want to miss too much of this,'” he said.
“I’m not stopping music. I’ll hopefully be making more records. I’ll be writing more musicals.
“But mostly, I’ll be taking my kid to soccer academy – which is the most important thing. Life is all about change.”
Elton said fans could expect the concerts to “be the most produced, fantastic shows I’ve ever done” and promised “a musical and highly visual journey” of his 50-year career.
“It’s a way of saying thank you to people and going out with a bang. I don’t want to go out with a whimper,” he said.
Last year, Elton toured Australia but skipped capital cities in favour of regional Queensland shows in Mackay and Cairns, as well as Woollongong and Hobart.
“I always love coming back to Australia. It holds a very special place in my heart, ever since my first visit there at the start of my worldwide career in 1971,” he said at the time.
Watch Elton’s announcement in full below:
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