Goodbye yellow brick tours; Elton John announces farewell world concerts

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Today it was revealed Elton John is expected to make an announcement "imminently" to confirm he is retiring from touring after several decades on the road.

John hinted at Wednesday's news in a tribute video on his Twitter page, announcing he is "embarking on the next phase of his creative journey".

The announcement, which aired simultaneously in NY and London, detailed the musician's plans once he reaches the end of his six-year Las Vegas residency in May.

John made the announcement after a live performance of his hits Tiny Dancer and I'm Still Standing.

Speaking with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, John said that his children with his husband, David Furnish, have changed his priorities and he will no longer be touring. I've had an incredible life but life is all about change.

The live recording of the duet was released as a single later that year, and hit the top of the charts in both the United Kingdom and the US.

John is, of course, one of the most successful artists of all time.

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A year ago I picked up an infection and I was "very ill and it knocked me sideways. but I still did 96 shows", he said.

But he said he had been on the road since he was 17, adding; "I can't physically do the traveling anymore. I want to go out with a bang", he said of the farewell tour.

Elton John says his upcoming three-year tour will be his last as a musician although he plans to be creative until he dies.

For what it's worth, he has announced his retirement before.

John, whose 2019 Raleigh show will fall shortly before his 72nd birthday, has had some health issues in recent years.

The 70-year-old, who spent two nights being cared for in intensive care and 12 days in hospital while battling a "harmful and unusual" bacterial infection last year, first toured in 1970. The shows resumed in October.

He denies that he is retiring due to bad health, which he says the British press reported. He's calling it an "epic Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour", and said tickets will go on sale in North America Feb. 2.