While Sir Elton is scheduled to be on tour up until this July however his website is displaying a countdown clock with the statement “I’ve finally decided my future lies…” and many are saying he’s planning to call it quits once his obligations are wrapped up. Less than a year ago he was forced to cancel a series of shows due to a bacterial infection as well as the death of his mother just months after they had reconciled, which may have played a factor in such a decision. Sir Elton John began performing at 15 years old in 1962 under his birth name, Reggie Dwight, at a pub near his childhood home and by 1970 he was touring the US. Over the last decade he’s faced various health issues and in 1999 said he felt “grateful to be alive” revealing that he could have died at any time while struggling through his European tour un-aware he had an irregular heartbeat. The reveal on his website is set for lunchtime today (January 24th) so for the moment we’re in suspense.. but also pretty sure, he’s retiring from touring.
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