Elton John Announces Retirement From Touring
After almost half a century of touring, writing iconic music, and inspiring international movements, music legend Sir Elton John announced that he would be retiring from touring.
In a press conference this morning, John, 70, said that his next tour, aptly named "Farewell Yellow Brick Road," would be his last.
"I can't physically do the traveling anymore," he said. "I want to be at home. I really want to spend time with my children at home. I've had an incredible life, but life is all about change."
That's not to say that his touring days are exactly over soon. "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" will start on September 8 of this year and will be comprised of 300 shows over three years and across five continents.
This also won't be the end of his music career: John made it clear that he would still work on "creative projects" while taking a breather and spending time raising his family. John and his husband, David Furnish, have two children.
Elton John first made his name in 1970 with his self-titled debut album, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts. Since then, he's won five Grammy Awards, a Tony and an Academy Award and become the third most successful Billboard Hot 100 artist of all time, behind the Beatles and Madonna.
He has nine No. 1 hits and has charted over 60 songs. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and four years later he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for both his music and his charitable work, which focused heavily on AIDS charities.
Sir Elton John will perform in Louisville on October 23, 2018; in Columbus on November 2, 2018; and finally in Cincinnati on February 27, 2019. Find out more about his tour here.