Elton John announces lengthy farewell tour, with Canadian stops

From CBC - January 24, 2018

Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world, and says he's hoping to go out "with a bang."

"I have had a good run, I think you'd admit that," John said Wednesday. He added that he wanted to "leave people thinking, 'I saw the last tour and it was fantastic."'

The 70-year-old singer, pianist and composer announced the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at an event in New York, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

John is married to Toronto native David Furnish, and the couple have two young children.

"My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family," he said. "This is the end."

The charismatic performer's website lists two concerts in Toronto (Sept. 25-26), as well as shows in Ottawa (Sept. 28), Quebec City (Sept. 29) and Montreal (Oct. 4). Tickets go on sale Feb. 2.

He was recently in Canada for a pair of November shows in Ontario cities Kingston and St. Catharines.

John, whose hits include Your Song and Candle in the Wind, has won five Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe for The Lion King, a Tony Award for Aida and received a Kennedy Center Honor.

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