Is Elton John retired? The musician performs what he says is his last concert

Glastonbury Festival 2023 - Day 5
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Singer, pianist, and composer Sir Elton John began his Farewell Yellowbrick Road Tour on Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This tour would span five years and consist of 333 concerts. On July 8, 2023, Elton John would close this tour in Stockholm, Sweden. Does this mean he is truly retired from music?

In January 2018, Elton John announced a three-year tour which would be the last of his career. John informed the world that the reason for retiring from touring was to spend more time with his children. In 2020, the European leg of the tour was postponed due to the COVID pandemic until 2021. This portion of the tour would then be rescheduled to 2023 after John experienced a hip injury.

During his Lincoln, Nebraska performance in March 2022, John would host his annual Elton's Oscars Charity Benefit live from the show. He hadn't missed this event in 30 years, but due to the postponements played the show in Nebraska.

At the Washington D.C. performance in Sept. 2022, he was invited by President Joe Biden and the First Lady, Jill Biden, to perform at the White House, where he was given the National Humanities Medal. This award is presented annually to several recipients for "deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities."

Below are posts from Elton John's Instagram page celebrating the final performance.

As of May 30, 2023, the record-breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour had surpassed $887 million in gross and 5.7 million in ticket sales. This surpassed the previous highest-grossing tour record set by Ed Sheeran's ÷ Tour, which grossed $776.2 million.

For those who have missed his final tour, Disney+ has a documentary in the making. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And the Years That Made His Legend, the longest title of a documentary ever, will be released on Disney+.

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