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Elton John announces final tour

Pop legend Elton John on Wednesday announced a final tour , saying he intends to stop traveling to spend more time with his family .

The 70 - year - old British entertainer , revealing his plans at a gala New York event , said he planned to “ go out with a bang ” with a global tour that will open in September and last through 2021 .

“ It will be the last time that I ’ m touring and traveling the world , because my priorities have changed , ” John told several hundred journalists and guests after a mini - concert and virtual reality presentation about his career.

Saying he has had an “ amazing life and amazing career, ” he added : “ My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family . ”

John , who in the 1980 s became one of the first openly gay major celebrities, has two children with his husband , Canadian filmmaker and former advertising executive David Furnish .

The “ Rocket Man ” said he had no health concerns and would stay active , hoping to record more albums and write further musicals .

“ I will be creative , hopefully, until the day I die , ” he said .

John , who closes his latest extravagant Las Vegas residency in May , said he was also open to concerts after the tour but that they would likely only be in his native Britain .

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