"It's the last time I will be touring and traveling the world because my priorities have changed", John said. "I'm not going to be touring and travelling the world".
Speaking about what he will do after he retires from touring, he said: "I'm always going to be creative, I'm always going to be interested in creative stuff, and you know, I think after this tour is finished, I'll take a few years off and see what's going to happen". It will begin in the United States of America - taking in five continents along the way. "Now Elton's embarking on the next phase of his creative journey and it will be every bit as surprising and powerful as his first performance nearly 50 years ago".
At this year's Grammys on Sunday, Sir Elton, who has won five Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe for "The Lion King", a Tony Award for "Aida" and sold 300 million records, is to perform alongside Miley Cyrus before collecting the President's Merit Award. He's also suffered an appendicitis and has been fitted with a pacemaker. John will head to Europe in May 2019 and will add additional dates in South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He also added that despite his decision to stop wide-scale touring, he's is still open to performing concerts, but the chances are good that these will be rare affairs close to his home. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his contributions to music and charity.
This will not be the end, as Sir Elton intends to continue composing and recording.
ABOUT ELTON JOHN: Elton John's career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. He first toured in 1970 after a series of shows at LA's Troubadour Club.
Raised in a modest family, he started playing the piano when he was just three.
He worked incessantly, releasing three studio albums in 1971 alone.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour will play Raleigh's PNC Arena on March 12, 2019. Above, Irish soccer legend George Best watches the pop star in action.
Saturday night might be alright for fighting, but if you want to see Elton John at Fresno's Save Mart Center, you'll have to settle for a Tuesday - a year from now.
He serenaded mourners at Princess Diana's 1997 funeral in Westminster Abbey with a reworked version of "Candle in the Wind" that included the lyrics: "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts". Elton John peformed the song at Diana's funeral. He married the German sound engineer Renate Blauel in 1984.
John's stage production will take his fans on a journey spanning his 50-year career of hits.
The singer-pianist, 70, and longtime partner David Furnish are parents to young sons Elijah and Zachary. My priorities have changed in my life.