Elton John to retire from music after mammoth world tour

Karin Higgins  UC Davis via AP

Karin Higgins UC Davis via AP

Thankfully, there is a silver lining to the sad news that Sir Elton John is retiring.

The Rocket Man singer explains he wants to spend more time with his husband David Furnish and their two young sons after spending nearly 50 years on the road.

British icon Sir Elton John has admitted he felt "shook" by the sudden death of his mother Sheila. "I've had an incredible life, but life is all about change".

The 300-date world tour, which will, according to John, be "the most produced, fantastic show I've ever done", won't see an end to his musical career, however.

JOHN: The time is right to say thank you to all my fans around the world and then to say goodbye.

"I will want to stop touring - not playing, but touring". He told CNN he's no longer going to travel so he can spend more time with his kids.

He made the announcement after a live performance of his hits, Tiny Dancer and I'm Still Standing. "That doesn't mean I won't still be creative", the iconic singer said.

Peyton chief of integrated medicine at the University of California works on the badly burned paw of a bear injured in a wildfires in Davis Calif. in January 2018
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Elton John will perform in Arizona one last time. 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.

He'll continue recording and writing songs.

Meanwhile, in 2013, he was forced to cancel a planned appearance at London's Hyde Park because he needed to undergo emergency appendicitis surgery.

Despite this, he played 87 shows including dates in Europe and Australia in addition to his Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano and appearing in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

He is now working on a Broadway musical based on The Devil Wears Prada, as well as the live action version of Disney's The Lion King and the animation Sherlock Gnomes, via by his own production company.

"It took me seven weeks to get back to normal after that".

In terms of assets, Elton got almost $3.3 million (£2.3m) from the sale of his cars, including his 1993 Jaguar XJ220, Rolls Royce, Bentleys and Ferraris.

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