A Farewell to the Piano Man: Elton John Calls it Quits


Sir Elton John rocked the world last week when he announced his farewell tour.

Fans were shocked last week amid a pair of high-profile artists announcing their retirement. Neil Diamond abruptly left the stage for good with the sobering admission that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Slayer shocked the metal community by declaring their plans to stop touring after one final trek across the country. Though he didn’t start the fire of retirement announcements, Elton John joined in by declaring that he too will say goodbye to Hollywood and retire from touring.

With a legendary career spanning six decades of classic songs and controversies, Elton has made it clear that only the good die young. In a statement, the 70 year old Elton John reported that his priorities had changed and he no longer wished to tour the world, desiring instead to spend time with his young children. “I don’t care what you say anymore”, Elton declared, “it’s my life.” The news may be emotional to longtime fans of the artist but it’s still rock and roll to me.

The good news is that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see Sir Elton before he’s done Movin’ Out. Like a big shot, John plans a 300 date tour all across the globe. Want to see one of these shows? This is the time to buy your tickets. Fans in a New York state of mind will have six dates to choose from on his final tour. Unfortunately, you’ll need to be uptown girls and boys to afford these pricy seats.

Elton had previously announced his retirement in 1977 only to change his mind and resume touring a mere two years later. Will he stick to his word this time around? It’s only a matter of trust. Ultimately, this move might be what’s best for the pianist’s health. In his closing statement Elton noted, “Working too hard can give you a heart attack ack ack ack ack.”

Best of luck in retirement, Elton!

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