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Sir Elton John May Retire From Touring

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Musician Sir Elton John will be retiring from touring after almost 50 years.

Although the 70-year-old star has not officially confirmed his retirement, a video posted on his Twitter said he was "embarking on the next phase of his creative journey," The Telegraph reports.

"On August 25, 1970, Elton John made his U.S. debut in a legendary six-night sold-out run at West Hollywood's Troubadour," the video says. "Five decades later, he continues to be a creative force moving faster than the speed of culture. Now Elton's embarking on the next phase of his creative journey and it will be every bit as surprising and powerful as his first performance almost 50 years ago."

The musician will continue to perform in Las Vegas until May 19, as well as play in Georgia in June and July, before reportedly quitting.

It is not clear why exactly John is retiring, although some speculate it may be due to ill health.

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In April 2017, the musician grew "violently ill" after contracting a potentially deadly bacterial infection at the end of a six-concert tour in South America. He had to cancel shows and was hospitalized.

"I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them," he said in a statement during his recovery. "I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

Only two years before that, poor health again led John to cancel shows in 2013 after being diagnosed with appendicitis.

"I knew I was sick but I didn’t know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan, which was after nine shows, 24 flights and a summer ball," he said at the time. "I could have easily died."

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It was then John said he started to reconsider the way he was living his life, and particularly whether his hectic touring schedule was worth it.

"Of course, your sense of your mortality kicks in," he said. "This is a wake-up call. I'm not 36 anymore. I want to write another musical for Broadway and I want to spend more time with my children. I don't have to tour. I don't need the money. I just love playing."

"I’m a great believer in signs coming to you in life to tell you something," the musician added. "This appendix thing, it's so lucky I didn't die. So I'm treating is as a sign in great big letters saying 'for f--k's sake, get a grip!'"

Sources: The Telegraph (2), Elton John/Twitter / Featured Image: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr / Embedded Images: ANSA/Wikimedia Commons, David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons

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