TDR-News: ELTON JOHN announces he's hanging up the old piano, but first embarking on a 300 Concert Tour on 5 Continents called: "Farewell Yellow Brick Road." Sir Elton's not completely retiring though, he'll continue to record and write new songs, but stay closer to home. He said that when he and his husband David Furnish adopted two kids he realized that the constant touring would cause him to miss too much of their children's lives, and it's time for a break after performing for over 50 years. (He started singing with bands at age 17.)
Elton Hercules John, CBE, (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) has had one of the most incredible careers in Show Business, and is one of the best-selling Musical Artists of all-time. He has had 60 Songs on the Hot 100 including nine #1's. Sir Elton has won 5 Grammys, was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998 for his Musical Career and tireless work in AIDS Charities. He is truly a world-citizen with fans around the globe.
I remember the first time I saw him Live, he came out in a Duck Suit, one of the most bizarre Concerts I'd ever attended. In later years he'd dress as a Baseball Player with a Sequined Uniform and Ronald McDonald. I thought it was just a flamboyant thing, but someone told me at the time that he was very shy and the costumes created a spectacle that covered his shyness on stage. His homes have been featured in glossy magazines, his collections legendary, and he once attended a Ball in Venice, Italy decked out as Marie Antoinette with a sky-high wig...only Sir Elton could have pulled that off.
His vast fandom will miss his Hit Packed Concerts, it's almost unbelievable how many great songs he and his writing-partner, Bernie Taupin have produced, but he deserves some family time just like everyone else, and he wouldn't be the first artist to go away and come-back, perhaps when the kids are older.
The best video we could find of him in Live Performance is from his "Red Piano" stand at the Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas in 2015, The screen behind him contains footage from "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore." @therealdonrocks