Just days after Elton John officially announced he’s soon embarking on his farewell tour, the 70-year-old singer revealed he’s “really looking forward” to his final concerts. “Well there’s 300 shows, so it will be about three years, and I do 100 shows a year anyway, usually, when I’m working. I’m really looking forward it, I’m looking forward to starting it because it’s going to be such a great production and I’m looking forward to finishing it so I can spend time with my boys,” Elton told Ryan Seacrest at the 2018 Grammys on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Elton previously revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 24 that his farewell tour will begin in September 2018. He additionally confessed he decided to stop touring because his two young sons, Elijah and Zachary Furnish-John, have shifted his priorities in life. “My life has changed. My priorities right now are my children and my husband, [David Furnish], and my family,” he said during a press conference.
Elton, David, and their two sons. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
While walking the Grammys red carpet, Ryan asked David — who began dating the “Rocket Man” singer back in 1993 — and Elton if his final concerts will be emotional. “I don’t know. I don’t look ahead. I’m just looking forward to show one and then ask me when we do show 300,” the music icon admitted. David, 55, added, “Really emotional, and bittersweet. I think it’s drawing a curtain over something that’s been extraordinary, but also wonderful to have him home with the family more.”
Elton previously revealed that his final tour — titled the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour — will be the “most produced” and “best production” he’s ever done. Though three years may seem like a long time for one tour, the star explained that he wanted to be able to perform for fans all around the world. “It’s a way of saying thank you,” he said. “I don’t want to go out with a whimper. I want to go out with a bang.”
Elton first made his US debut on Aug. 25, 1970, in a six-night sold-out run at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The overwhelming response to his performance catapulted him to superstardom. Nearly five decades later, he continues to inspire and entertain countless fans with his talent. It’s worthwhile to note that although he plans to stop touring after 2021, he does not plan to stop writing and producing music. We can’t wait to find out more about what he does with these upcoming shows — and beyond!
Part of this post was written by Jaclyn Anglis. It originally appeared on our sister site, Women’s World.