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By Damilola Faustino

Sir Elton John has announced that he will retire and stop touring in order to focus on his family.

Elton John

The 70-year-old music star said he would say goodbye to fans with a series of 300 tours spanning three years.

He said: “I always thought I was going to be like Ray Charles, BB King – on the road forever. My priorities have changed. We had children and it changed our lives. That doesn’t mean to say I’m not going to be creative. But I’m not going to travel.”

The star denied reports in the press that he was retiring due to ill health. “Last year I picked up an infection and I was very ill and it knocked me sideways,” he admitted. “But I still did 96 shows. Believe me – if you ever do 300 shows, you’re not in ill health.”

Sir Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road will kick off in the US this September, just months after he ends his six-month residency in Las Vegas.

“I don’t want to go out with a whimper, but a big bang,” he said, promising “the most fantastic show I’ve ever done”.

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