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Sir Elton Hercules John Announces His Final World Tour

Date January 26, 2018 11:33

Sir Elton Hercules John quits world touring but not without a huge statement. The legendary English singer, pianist, and composer recently announced that he will be performing at the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

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This will be his swansong before he walks off the world touring stage for good.

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The tour will crisscross the globe with more than 300 shows in different locations and will be over a period of three years. The announcement came at the Gotham Hall in New York on January 4.

Fans had the opportunity to interact with the megastar during the performance and after. The show provided an immersive experience.

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His tours were epic

Elton John has been on the road since 1970. His first American concert took place at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and was a resounding success. By the end of the same year, he released Tumbleweed Connection, an experimental album. It topped the UK charts, reaching the number 2 spot.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of his first appearance at the Troubadour, Sir Elton staged another concert. Admission was limited to less than 500 people per show and tickets were not sold. Instead, he opted to give them out by postcard lottery. Each winner got two tickets.

In 1979, he became perhaps the first music artist to stage a successful tour of the then Soviet Union. And his stint with controversy was far from over. In a reprise, the icon defied the United Nations and performed for an excited audience at a venue in Sun City, South Africa. This was during the apartheid regime.

Reasons for ending his tours

Sir Elton revealed that his major reason for ending his tours is that his 'priorities have changed'. For him, his major focus is spending time with family, especially his two sons Elijah, five, and Zachary, seven. Elton John adopted both boys with husband David Furnish.

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There have been suggestions that another reason is his declining health, but the rock star insists that is not the case. In addition, it is believed that the recent loss of his mother may also have influenced his decision to withdraw from the performance scene.

In spite of these speculations, Sir Elton promises that the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will be a tour like no other. The kick-off will be in September 2018, starting with the US then moving to the UK and Europe in 2019.

In his own words, the 'rocket man' intends to 'go out with a bang'.

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Before now, the 70-year-old sold over 300 million records worldwide. His tribute single to Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997", is the best-selling single ever according to UK and US charts. If his accolades are anything to go by, this farewell concert is sure to earn Sir Elton a few more awards.

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