Elton John is “jubilant” his touring career is coming to an end as the singer is “tired of missing his sons”.
The ‘Crocodile Rock’ musician is currently performing on the final leg of his long-postponed Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, following a historic closing performance at the Glastonbury Festival.
Ahead of his final shows in Copenhagen and Stockholm this week, John’s husband, filmmaker David Furnish, said the singer is looking forward to focusing on family.
The couple have two sons, Zachary, 12, and Elijah, 10, who have toured with their fathers their entire lives.
“It’s always hard to say goodbye,” Furnish said metro. “[But] It is difficult. i really miss him The boys really miss him. He really misses us. He’s had enough of that. We’ve had enough of that. Now is the time to spend more time together as a family.
“We couldn’t be happier and more excited about it, and a lot of people would be like, ‘Oh, you must be really emotional,’ but by the end of the tour, he and I are both sitting at the table and we’re like, ‘We can’t wait, family to be.'”
Furnish continued, “Elton says, ‘I’ve done this my whole life. I enjoyed every minute of it.’ He loves his time on stage. He’s super grateful, but that’s all he needs. Our boys are 10 and 12, they really need us more and more.
“Being able to do this is more rewarding, joyful and fulfilling, and the opportunity to raise these children together brings us endless happiness, joy and satisfaction.”
John wrapped up Glastonbury on Sunday night (June 25) when he headlined the Pyramid Stage with a set packed with hits and special guest appearances.
In their five star rating for The IndependentKate Hutchinson called the 76-year-old’s set “quite possibly the most dazzling and energetic retirement party the world has ever seen”.
It is estimated that more than 120,000 people attended John’s performance at Worthy Farm and viewers at home were stunned by the sheer size of the crowd.
“The crowd on the Pyramid Stage is the biggest I’ve ever seen,” one fan tweeted, while another wrote, “I’ve seen this for years and NEVER seen an audience as big as Elton John.” Wow!”
“Absolutely amazing the size of the crowd at Glastonbury for the legend Elton John,” wrote one viewer.
At home, 7.6 million people watched the live broadcast of the set.