Elton John Says “Goodbye” to Touring

Joshua Gruss, CEO, Round Hill Music

“When are you gonna come down… When are you gonna land…” For one of the most popular singers of the last generation, it’s time to step off the Yellow Brick Road and bid touring goodbye. Sir Elton John says he’s hanging it up at the end of his recently announced tour. And, as is fitting for the flamboyant one, he’s going out in style. 

Elton John Says “Goodbye” to TouringJohn’s farewell tour will be a massive, five-continent spanning, three-year event, beginning this September. 

To announce his final go-round, John sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I’ve been touring since I was 17 with various bands… I thought the time is right to say thank you to all my fans and say goodbye…” 

John says, after the tour, he plans to settle down and spend more time with his children, and his husband, David Furnish. “We had children and had changed our lives, and in 2015 we sat down with their school schedule, and we said I’m going to miss too much of this…” 

John’s announcement on Cooper’s program ended about a week of speculation after a countdown clock suddenly appeared on John’s official website. That got fans talking, and now, they’re talking even more. The prospect of only having one more opportunity to see one of the hardest working and most dynamic acts in rock has long-time John fans, including wondering if he has it in him to deliver so many shows with the same intensity he has for all these decades. 

John says don’t count him out yet. He may be through touring after this one, but he’s not through making music. He wants to continue recording albums, even if he won’t go on the road supporting them. And, of course, this isn’t fans’ only opportunity to see John live. He’s back in Vegas for his second headlining turn on the stage in Sin City. 

But, at 70, how much longer can John really deliver what fans have come to expect? That’s the question many have, and it’s why concert tickets for the Yellow Brick Road tour are liable to sell out quickly. For those fans, going to see the show is a must. Many of them grew up with Elton, who dropped his first album, a self-titled debut, back in 1970. That album hit number four on Billboard, giving John his first of many top ten hits with the perennial favorite, “Your Song.” 

Since then, John has taken home five Grammys, a Tony and one Academy Award … and he’s earned the adulation of legions of fans across the world who are clamoring to walk that Yellow Brick Road with him one last time.