We guess that’s why they call it the blues! Elton John has officially announced his final farewell tour, which will begin in September 2018. The legendary singer said it will be a three-year world tour, lasting until 2021. He said he made this decision because his two young children, Elijah and Zachary Furnish-John, had shifted his priorities in life.
“My life has changed,” the performer said in a press conference on January 24. “My priorities right now are my children and my husband and my family.”
Just a few days later at the Grammy Awards, Elton John revealed that he’s “really looking forward” to his final performances. He said to Ryan Seacrest, “Well, there’s 300 shows, so it will be about three years, and I do 100 shows a year anyway, usually, when I’m working. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to starting it because it’s going to be such a great production, and I’m looking forward to finishing it so I can spend time with my boys.”
When Ryan Seacrest asked him whether his last shows would be emotional, he responded, “I don’t know. I don’t look ahead. I’m just looking forward to show one, and then ask me when we do show 300.” Sounds just like the Elton we all know and love!
Previously in his initial press conference, the star had explained that he and his husband David Furnish sat down with their kids’ school schedule back in 2015, and he realized that he didn’t want to miss out on what his kids were doing if he was out traveling so often.
That said, he promises that his final tour, titled the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,’ will be the “most produced” and “best production” he’s ever done. Though three years may seem like a long time for one tour, the star explained that he wanted to be able to perform for fans all around the world.
“It’s a way of saying thank you,” he said. “I don’t want to go out with a whimper. I want to go out with a bang.”
Elton John first made his U.S. debut on August 25, 1970, in a six-night sold-out run at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The overwhelming response to his performance catapulted him to superstardom. Nearly five decades later, he continues to inspire and entertain countless fans with his talent.
It’s worthwhile to note that although he plans to stop touring after 2021, he does not plan to stop writing and producing music. We can’t wait to find out more about what he does with these upcoming shows — and beyond!