Elton John says his upcoming three-year tour will be his last as a musician although he plans to be creative until he dies.
Announcing his decision on Wednesday, the 70-year-old singer, pianist and composer said his priorities have changed.
“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,” he told Anderson Cooper in an interview.
“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.”
The tour, which is called Farewell Yellow Brick Road, will begin on September 8.
The tour will include 300 shows across five continents. Tickets for the tour will go on sale February 2.
“I can’t go on forever,” he said.
John is scheduled to perform a duet with Miley Cyrus at the upcoming Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden, New York where he will also receive the President’s Merit Award.
He’s also performing at a post-Grammys concert tagged ‘Elton John: I’m Still Standing-A Grammy Salute’. The concert will include performances by Sam Smith, Chris Martin, John Legend and Keith Urban.
Since he started touring in 1970, Elton John has performed more than 4,000 times in 80 countries.
He has sold over 300 million records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.