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Elton John opens up about retiring from touring: 'Our songs will live on'



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our GMA cover stories Sir Elton John

taking what he calls a leap of faith

announcing his final World Tour so he

can spend more time with his family I

had a chance to sit down with him to

talk about his big decision

what performing means to him and what's

next

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true to form Sir Elton John held court

announcing a new chapter in a stable

career the rock icon will retire from

touring after a monumental 300 City

World Tour so tell us about this

three-year tour because no one knew

you're gonna go out with a bang with a

bang I'm just feel very joyous about the

opportunity to go around the world and

play and say thank you to all the fans

that I've had the farewell

yellowbrickroad tour kicks off in

September with stops in five continents

over the next three years why now Elton

why then why now well before the

children I thought you know this is what

I'm gonna be doing till the day I die

but I don't want to be traveling away

from my children they need me I need

them much more than another tour or

doing another show the proud father says

his two sons Zachary and Elijah with

husband David Furnish are now his top

priority

our boys came into our life at a late

time I've never experienced anything

like it being a father and and being a

parent and there's no contest I'd rather

be with my children and still be playing

shows it's a very easy decision to make

I remember David saying he could not

imagine you not performing in front of a

live audience and that is something that

he felt that you would always have to do

and I'll still be making music I'll

still be writing out so we making

records I'll still you know be involved

in music I can't not be involved in it

what do you enjoy most about being on

that stage of performing the contact

with another human being the emotion you

get back from someone who doesn't know

you you don't know them Elton John's

illustrious career spans over five

decades from hits like Rocket Man

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to candle in the wind

he sold over 300 million records with 31

platinum albums and five Grammys has

there been a defining song that you have

performed oh I had to say your song

because it was the first great song that

we wrote

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and I've been singing it ever since in

1970 it stood the test of time when you

think about Lion King and how that

introduced you to another audience I was

so lucky that completely changed my life

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so things like that have happened

certain times of my career were one

phone call one decision one gut feeling

has made my life better this is the same

cord of gut feeling that I had when I

said yes to do in the liking is I'd do a

farewell to and good for you because I

think we all have that inner voice but

not many of us actually listen to it

it's called a leap of faith and the leap

of faith is scary but there is no

enjoyment in life without a bit of fear

and I've always tried to push myself

through it I'm having a hard time

thinking about that last that 300

performance what is it that you want to

leave on the stage and leave with people

as you exit this stage that I gave

people a hell of a lot of pleasure that

our songs will live on and I'm not

disappearing and I will be making music

but I want my last performance to be in

America because this is where I got my

start and I owe this country so much and

I'm so fond of this country that I want

to start and finish in America

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it's a decision and he was talking with

his husband about it for the last few

years he assures me it has nothing to do

with his health you know he was

hospitalized for a time last year but he

said that is not the reason why he wants

to spend time with his family his two

boys are seven and when they're younger

you could he said the portable so they

could go out on the road with you but

once it becomes school-aged we know that

all too well and that's what he he wants

not saying you you don't want to live to

work you want to work to live still 300

more concerts but John sang he's taking

a leap of faith a man who's accomplished

all that he has and it's a lesson for

all of us to do that and to let fear

stop you from doing what it is that's in

your heart does it really really amazing

you guys have a favorite song by the way

Oh too many too many mine's your son we

played it at our wedding it was our

first answer I would love to see that

dance George I'm not going to dance on

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