CLEVELAND - Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world. He calls it a "way to go out with a bang."
His final tour -- dubbed "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" -- starts in September. It will consist of 300 shows in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Asia. Tickets go on sale beginning Feb. 2.
He will be stopping at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Nov. 3.
"I've had a good run, I think you'd admit that," John said Wednesday, adding that he wanted to "leave people thinking, `I saw the last tour and it was fantastic."'
The 70-year-old singer, pianist and composer said he wanted to spend time with his family. His children will be 10 and 8 when he stops in 2021, and John said he hoped he might be able to take them to soccer practice. "My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family," he said. "This is the end."
John made the announcement at an event in New York in which he sat at a piano and performed "Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing." He wore his signature glasses and a colorful suit jacket that read "Gucci Loves Elton."