Elton John

Elton John Announces Retirement After 50 Years!

After almost 50 years touring around the world, fabulous musical icon Elton John has announced that he will be retiring after his farewell tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road.

Elton John sat down with Anderson Cooper for an exclusive YouTube streaming event to make the announcement. Last year, Elton suffered from a very serious bacterial infection, but that didn't stop him, nor is it the reason why he is retiring. In reality, Elton shared that he would like to devote his time after his tour to his family. He married his husband, David Furnish, in 2014 and they have two children with whom Elton wishes to spend as much time with.

The tour will last three years and that will be the end for the crocodile rocker.

During the interview, Elton shared with Anderson:

It’s a way of saying thank you and it’s a way of going out with a bang. I don’t want to go out with a whimper, I want to go out with a big bang.

I want to leave people thinking, I saw the last tour and it was fantastic.

The interview begins with a beautiful homage to Elton's career as a powerhouse in the music industry and as a gay icon. A career that skyrocketed after a performance at The Troubadour in West Hollywood in 1970.

Ticket sales for the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour go on sale February 2nd. If you want to experience his music live...this will be your last chance!

Check out the announcement here (skip to around 5:40 where it really starts):

Elton John Gave An Emotional Speech While Being Honored Harvard's Humanitarian Of The Year

Singer Elton John was touched when he was honored for his work to help HIV/AIDS research, which has amounted to around $385 million in support funds.

The singer was awarded in Cambridge, Massachusetts with the title of 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year.

That said, Elton John wasn’t going to let the night be all about him. His first thing to do was to honor the frontline workers who he says are “the bravest and most compassionate people I have ever met.”

John also shared his past with drug abuse that led to his need to help others.

“I’m really a kind person, but the drugs made me a monster."

“Do not waste your life. I wasted my life, but I’m making up for lost time now.”

He adds that it was “through humanitarian pursuits that my life took on vastly new meaning”.

“I came very close to dying. I’d have an epileptic seizure and turn blue and people would find me on the floor and put me to bed, and then 40 minutes later I’d be snorting another line.”

He also went on to say how lucky he was that he was able to get out of that life safe and healthy.

“When you take a drug and you take a drink and you mix those two together, you think you’re invincible,” he said.

“I came out of this HIV-negative. I was the luckiest man in the world.”

Along to celebrate the moment with Elton John was his husband David Furnish and their two sons.