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Elton John to retire from performing, announces farewell tour

NEW YORK — “It may be quite simple but now that it’s done.”

The legendary entertainer, who fist won over fans around the world in 1970 when his single “Your Song” reached the top 10 in both U.K. and U.S. charts, made a major announcement Wednesday.

After 50 years of touring, he is saying farewell.

John, 70, has performed in a Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace for nearly six years.

Now, he says he will retire from performing after a farewell tour. The announcement was made during a news conference in New York that was streamed on his website.

The final, massive farewell tour will take about three years, he told CNN host Anderson Cooper during the news conference.

The “Rocket Man” singer said having children, and experiencing a change of priorities, was his reason, and discounted media reports that his health was a factor.

Last year, John was left in intensive care after getting a bacterial infection while touring South America.

On Wednesday, he said he was in good health and that he had been planning the farewell tour since privately deciding to retire back in 2015.

The announcement was made just two days after legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond said he is retiring from concert touring amid a battle with Parkinson’s disease.