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Elton John teases London residency after farewell tour – but he won’t be playing his hits


Elton John teases London residency after farewell tour (Picture: Redferns)

Elton John is currently part way through his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which will see him perform more than 300 dates across the globe.

But it seems we haven’t seen the last of the star, who recently said he’d still love to take on the occasional gig once giving up his life on the road.

That’s right, when chatting with David Walliams at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the 72-year-old teased a potential London residency in the distant future.

The exclusive interview with the Honky Cat hitmaker was shared with Elton’s 6.6million followers on Tuesday night by Facebook Watch.

Here he explained how he’s taking a step back to enjoy the final chapter of his life with his husband David Furnish and their two children, Elijah, six, and Zachary, eight.

‘When we had the children, I said, “I’d like to do a farewell tour, but I’d like to stop travelling because I would like to spend time with my boys,”‘ Elton stated.

He gave up touring to spend time with his children and husband David Walliams (Picture: Getty)
We haven’t seen the last of the icon on the stage (Picture: Getty Images)

‘This is the last part of my life, I don’t need to tour any more, I’m fed up with touring. Before that, I was going to die on stage but I’m glad I made that decision.’

He went on: ‘People say, “oh, you will do shows,” well I might do shows, but if I’m going to, I would like to do what Kate Bush did in this very theatre, and do three weeks and do a residency.’

Obviously he crowd cheered at the thought, as the Rocketman said he’d feel more comfortable being just 45 minutes away from his bambinos.

But there was a catch: ‘I can come on stage and not play Crocodile Rock or the B**ch Is Back and play stuff from my catalogue that I would love to play because I haven’t had the chance.’

The father-of-two said his fans have been begging him to do it for years but took on board Mick Jagger’s words, who once said: ‘If you don’t play the hits, that’s when people will feel cheated.’

He wants to play songs from his back catalogue (Picture: Rex)

He continued: ‘So, when I do make a decision if I play the Hammersmith Apollo for three weeks, I would love to do the show, I would do some stuff from the catalogue I haven’t done, I have played the hits enough.’

Elton joked that his sons have recently asked why he doesn’t play Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters, but made a promise to them that one day he will.

‘I’ve had the greatest career,’ he said: ‘I have had messages from the unknown to meet Bernie [Taupin], to meet David, to have children. I’ve been so lucky to have those calls and this is the final part of my life.’

The singer told the audience: ‘Now my ambition is to stay alive long enough to see my boys get married and make sure they have a wonderful life.

‘How privileged am I to be sat here talking to you about this incredible life and career?

‘Yes it has had some terrible downs and incredible ups, but everyone’s life is like that right? Myself included.’

An Evening with Elton John is available to view on Facebook Watch through Elton John’s Official Facebook Page.



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