When Sir Elton John teased us with “I’ve finally decided where my future lies” in a cryptic message regarding news about his future, which was to be revealed at 930am today, there was a good reason for his choice of words. In a chat with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper which was carried live in several cities — and which caused his website to crash — he revealed that his upcoming 300-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will be his last; having had “a pretty good run”, as he puts it, he now wants to spend more time with his husband and his children. However, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of future recording or musicals. Here’s what had the Internet melting down with speculation earlier:
A wrinkle in time. Past meets present.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) January 24, 2018
And here’s the complete announcement from New York:
This isn’t the first time Elton has stepped away from the stage: he announced to a gobsmacked crowd in London in 1977 that “I’ve made a decision tonight that this is going to be the last show.” He was back on the road about two years later.
Tour details should be available at some point on Elton John’s website, which is currently throwing an “offline for maintenance” message as techs scramble to get a new server to replace the old one, which is presumably a flaming pool of molten metal.
UPDATE: The website is back on its feet; so far there are five shows listed for Canada: Two in Toronto (Tuesday and Wednesday September 25 and 26), one in Ottawa (Friday September 28), one in Quebec City (Saturday Septmber 29) and one in Montreal (Thursday October 04).