Elton John thanks his fans for ’52 years of pure joy’ as he concludes his touring career

The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour” has come to an end to the disappointment of many of the The Rocket Man’s fans.

Sir Elton John’s stunning performance on June 8th at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2023, was the singer’s last ever as a touring artist, as per his website. The tour was supposed to end in 2021 but it was delayed due to the pandemics.

However, although this might seem like the end of an incredibly rich and influential music career, Sir Elton John hinted that he could feature again in some capacity in the future.

Over the course of the years and during his career which has spanned over fifty years, Sir Elton gave the world some brilliant music and unforgettable shows. According to his website, his last tour’s shows were watched by more than 6 million people around the world.

What prompted the decision to retire from touring was John’s wish to spend more time with his husband David Furnish and the couple’s two sons, Elijah and Zachary.

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“We had children and had changed our lives and in 2015, we sat down with their school schedule and we said I’m going to miss too much of this,” the Your Song star told Cooper.

As expected, the final tour date was a very special occasion involving many emotions. It marked the end of one of the most successful careers in the world of music.

In a Monday Instagram post, Sir Elton wrote: “When we set off on my final tour in 2018, I couldn’t have foreseen in my wildest dreams the twists and turns and the highs and lows this tour – and the whole world – would have experienced in the next 5 years.

“And every step of the way, my fans have been there. You have stuck with me, you have supported me, you have been patient and you have kept turning out for every single last show.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sir Elton John departs the Royal Courts of Justice on March 27, 2023 in London, England. Sir Elton John and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are two of several claimants in a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

“Saturday night was magical. I’m trying to process it and I don’t think it will sink in for a while yet that I’m finally finished touring.

“I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss you all and how much your support has humbled me – it will stay with me forever.”

His last tour show in Sweden featured four dazzling costumes. The 77-year-old addressed the crowds on the night, telling them: “You have no idea how much that means to me,” recalling his first ever performance in Sweden in 1971, more than 50 years ago.

“I’ve had the most incredible career, beyond words. How fortunate am I to be able to play music for 52 years?” John told the audience as he finished his concert with “Your Song” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

“But, you know, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you. You bought the singles, albums, CDs, and cassettes, but more importantly, you bought the concert tickets, and you know how much I enjoy performing live.”

As his final show was coming to an end, Sir Elton reminded his fans that they will remain in his “head, heart and soul,” saying once again he will “never be touring again.”

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