‘This is the end’: Elton John announces massive farewell tour, 4 N.J.-area shows coming in 2018

'This is the end': Elton John announces massive farewell tour, 4 N.J.-area shows coming in 2018

After practically 50 years of touring, Elton John is lastly calling it a profession and retiring from the stage. However not earlier than one final curtain name.

The pop legend introduced, by way of a swanky press convention in New York Wednesday, three-year international farewell tour will start in September.

“I do not wish to exit with a whimper, I wish to exit with a bang,” the artist stated, to press convention emcee and CNN host Anderson Cooper.

The farewell tour will kick off in Allentown, Pa. this fall, John confirmed. The tour will come to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Heart on Sept. 11 and 12, Madison Sq. Backyard on Oct. 18, 19 and Nov. eight, in addition to Barclays Heart on March eight, 2019.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 2 on Ticketmaster.

“My life has modified. My priorities are my youngsters, my husband and my household,” John, 70, famous. His two sons, Zachary and Elijah, are ages seven and 5.

“I do not suppose I might love something as a lot as I really like my sons,” John stated.

John additionally stated he’s in good well being, regardless of a bacterial an infection that canceled exhibits for the songwriter in 2015.

The press convention kicked off with a 5-minute digital actuality expertise – headsets, earphones for 150 media individuals – of his famed gigs on the Troubadour in Los Angeles and his momentous 1975 Dodger Stadium efficiency, which was one in all his favourite dwell exhibits of all time, he stated. Although he famous Madison Sq. Backyard is his favourite venue of all. John carried out “Tiny Dancer” and “I am Nonetheless Standing” on piano earlier than the gang of press and cameras who broadcasted the occasion on John’s web site.

John divulged that the music that makes him say “ah I’ve to sing that f***ing music once more” is Crocodile rock, “however the followers find it irresistible, it is like a responsible pleasure.”

John stated the choice to cease touring got here in order that he might journey much less and spend extra time along with his sons, specifically watching them play soccer. However not touring will not stifle his creativity.

“I plan to be artistic till the day I die,” John stated.

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