Sir Elton John to retire from touring

Sir Elton John is set to retire from touring, but not before hitting the road one last time - and New Zealand will be one of the countries he stops at in his final world tour. 

The 'Rocket Man' hitmaker, 71, says he'll still be making music, but is giving up touring.

Sir Elton says he wants to spend more time at home with his friends and family.

His farewell tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, will take three years and will include 300 concerts around the world, according to Rolling Stone.

"I don't want to go out with a whimper. I want to go out with a bang... It'll be the most produced, fantastic show I've ever done," he said at a press conference on Thursday.

"I'm 71. I can't physically do the travelling anymore. I want to be at home. I really want to spend time with my children at home. I've had an incredible life, but life is all about change."

Last year, Sir Elton cancelled a series of concerts after suffering from a bacterial infection.

Those interested in his final New Zealand and Australian shows are asked to register for more information at


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