Saturday, April 8, 2017

Elton to Decide About Retiring From Touring ‘Within Six Months’

While previously denying retirement plans, the singer – who marked turning 70 with a lavish bash in Los Angeles on Saturday – is seriously considering whether to step away from touring for more family time with partner David Furnish and their two boys.

‘There will be a decision made in the next six months, probably,’ he told BBC Radio 1 Beats.
‘I will want to stop touring – not playing, but touring. Seventy isn’t 60, it’s not 50. I want to spend time with my boys.’

The Rocket Man singer reassured fans he wanted to ‘live another 20 years’ to be doing ‘Beats 1 Radio at 90’, but said fatherhood to sons six-year-old Zachary and four-year-old Elijah had changed him.

‘Everything I thought I was, I’m not because of them. I have so much love for them – they’ve taught me a lot,’ he said.

‘If I was 15 years younger, I’d have two or three more.’

A spokesperson for Sir Elton told ‘Elton has huge plans for the next few years and has absolutely no plan to retire.’

- Metro

Sir Elton John celebrated his 70th birthday in typically grand style and scotched any rumours he is thinking about retiring.

The star was joined by an array of celebrities as he was honoured at an evening at Red Studios in LA.

Stevie Wonder , Lady Gaga and Ryan Adams all performed at the event, hosted by actor Rob Lowe .

Speaking exclusively to the Mirror the singer’s closest friend Bernie Taupin said rumours Sir Elton was considering quitting for retirement were wide of the mark.

In recent months whispers have circulated the singer was planning to wind down his career after five decades entertaining millions.

But Bernie said he would continue performing for a long while.

Reflecting on him and Elton’s successful work, the award-winning lyricist insisted they will never retire: “No. Good lord, no. I will retire when they put me in the grave - it’s the same for Elton.

“Absolutely. We are work horses.

“We enjoy what we do. We always have. We have the same enthusiasm now as we did when we started out in 1967.”

Bernie, 66, added: “The fact that it’s still going says it all, I think.

“It’s exactly what you say: if he puts his mind to something, it’s in the bag. He’s got such a drive in him that he makes everybody works as hard as he does and he ends up achieving what he needs to achieve.”

Londoner Bernie, who co-wrote hits like Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind and Tony Dancer, feels that the pair still have goals they want to achieve.

“You just have to wait and see what comes along. The fact is that we still have the drive to do it and we still enjoy doing it and whatever comes along we’ll check it out and see if it’s worthwhile and if it’s something we want to do, we’ll do.”

- Mirror

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