This post originally published 1/25/2018.
UPDATE 9/26/2018: Continuing his 'Yellow Brick Road' farewell tour, Elton John has announced the next 25 dates on his itinerary! The new dates kick off September 4, 2019 with a show at Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena. The tour continues throughout the rest of 2019, with stops all across the U.S. and Canada, including Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Memphis, Philadelphia, and Boston, before the leg wraps November 16, 2019 with another date at Long Island's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Stay tuned to Event Tickets Center for more updates!
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Seventy-year-old global music icon Elton John announced that he’s finally winding down his touring days to spend more time with his two children, Zachary, 6, and Elijah, 4.
On his website, John writes, “It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life.”
John also has ten godchildren, including Sean Lennon, David and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian, and the daughter of Seymour Stein.
Sir Elton made the announcement on Wednesday via an exclusive CR180 Live Stream on YouTube moderated by Anderson Cooper. At the event, participants were given VR headsets and treated to a video tribute before the announcement.
The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road,” tour will last three years (!), span five continents, and include 300 shows.
Elton John's Next Chapter
In the interview with Cooper, Elton John expounded on his future,
"That doesn't mean I won't still be creative," he said. "But I won't travel anymore...I don't want to go out with a whimper. I want to go out with a bang...It'll be the most produced, fantastic show I've ever done."
Many have questioned whether his health is a contributing factor in the decision. After all, just nine months ago he contracted a rare and potentially life-threatening bacterial infection while touring in South America. John quickly put that to rest by pointing out that someone with health issues wouldn’t embark on 300 tour dates in three years.
Elton John’s Staggering Resume
Elton John is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has sold more than 300 million records. Here is an abbreviated list of accomplishments:
- 5 Grammy Awards
- 1 Academy Award
- 1 Tony Award
- 50+ Top 40 hits
- 7 consecutive No. 1 US albums
- 58 Billboard Top 40 singles
- 27 Top 10 Singles
- 4 No. 2 Singles
- 9 No. 1 Singles
- 37 consecutive years with at least 1 song in the Billboard Hot 100
- "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33 million copies worldwide making it the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts