Elton John is well-known for his work ethic, tirelessly spending hours in the studio and touring nearly non-stop for his close to fifty-year career. But this Summer, Sir Elton was abruptly stopped in his tracks with appendicitis. Going under the knife has led the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to reevaluate his priorities at the age of 66.
“This is a wake up call for me, it really is,” John told The Telegraph. “I want to write another musical for Broadway and I want to spend more time with my children.”
Elton and longtime partner David Furnish finally became parents in 2010; their son Zachary was born to a surrogate mother. Their second child, Elijah, was born to the same surrogate mother in January of 2013 and, according to Elton, has completed the family.
“[Elijah is] the icing on the cake,” says Elton. “I love every minute of fatherhood, staying up all night, changing nappies, kids crying, I find it really funny and inspiring. It connects you to the world in a new way.”
Elton’s 30th studio album, The Diving Board, will be released in the United States on September 24, 2013. Though his eldest son has accompanied him on previous tours, it looks like Elton’s latest studio effort will not be accompanied by a tour.
“The great thing about small children is they’re portable, so we take them everywhere,” explains Elton. “But when it comes to 2015, Zachary’s going to school, and I want to be there to drop him off and pick him up. I don’t want to just be the father who reads them a bedtime story. I want to be one of the dads in the playground, there for parents’ evenings, sports day. I am so looking forward to it.”
Considering Elton’s recent health issues and quickly approaching changes to the family’s priorities, the window for a tour is quickly closing. And though he hasn’t ruled it out, it appears there is no longer a desire to continue with extended time away from home.
“I don’t have to tour. I don’t need the money.”
WCBS-FM’s “Broadway” Bill Lee is in agreement with Sir Elton if he decides to hang it up after a lengthy career.
“Elton John is a father now and needs to take care of priorities, like his family,” said Broadway. Some CBS-FM listeners also had thoughts on Elton’s decision:
We asked Elton’s fans on our Facebook page about their thoughts on his decision as well:
Theresa “agree[s] with his decision.” She feels he is “getting older, he has a life to live with David and the kids. He should enjoy himself and not put himself through a grueling tour schedule.
Juan thinks “he’s been at it too long….maybe he is tired.”
Eileen came up with a selfless way for Elton to stay on the road, saying he should “tour for the fun of it and give the money to charity.”
Unfortunately for Ricki, she says she has “always wanted to see him live, but missed a few opportunities. I can live with listening to his music and popping in a DVD from time to time. He’s got a family to spend time with.”
Scott thinks it’s “up to him but it’s pretty pompous to say he doesn’t need the money. It should be about his love for his music. Not to mention some fans would spend a week’s salary on tickets… give free concerts then u pompous putz.”
Deborah thinks it’s “ridiculous [and] unprofessional.”
And Toni Ann says, “He is not a kid anymore and a tour isn’t down the street….although I saw him years ago and would love to again.”
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