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Elton John retiring from the stage after 48 years

Elton John will retire from touring.
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Sir Elton John has had a long career in the music business. The 75-year-old singer and pianist has captivated audience since his first hit “Your Song” went to number one in 1970.

Today the international icon announced he will no longer be taking to the stage, “I’m not gonna be touring anymore," he said.

But fans who are looking forward to his  Farewell Yellow Brick Road in September have nothing to worry about he said, that tour lasts for 300 shows and will take a few years to complete.

John will perform at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on Jan. 29, 2019 as a part of that concert. 

"My priorities have changed," he said, adding that he wants to shift focus to his kids and hubby  David Furnish. "In 2015, David and I sat down with a school schedule ... I don’t want to miss too much of this."

He also says this decision stems from his need to spend more time with his children.

"I love them so much, I don't want to miss them and I don't want them to miss me."

John won’t retire completely he said. After the Farewell tour he will take a break, and after that continue to write.

His success goes all the way back to the early 60’s and recently in his popular Las Vegas show. He's sold more than 200 million albums, won five Grammys and an Oscar for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from The Lion King.

John says he made the announcement because he wanted to give his fans a “thank you and goodbye.”

He added: "I want to go out with a bang," referring to a special VR appearance he did today to break the news.