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Elton John Discusses Retiring From The Road To Focus On Fatherhood
Elton John's music has proven itself timeless. But at 70 years young, the superstar has decided to take his time very seriously now that he has entered parenthood. Ahead of next month's star-studded television special "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute," we sat down with the star of the show to look back on his illustrious career as a music legend and look ahead on his bright future as a father.
Donning an appropriately fabulous pair of heart-shaped glasses, John began the interview by shedding some light and love on his epic partnership with his longtime friend and lyricist, Bernie Taupin.
"I'm proud of the fact that we've never had an argument," says John. "To not have an argument with your professional colleague in this business, that's probably never happened before… We love each other more now than we did when we started out, which is pretty amazing. We're both happier in our own lives, and we've both had incredible careers."
John and Taupin's collective catalog is the focus of "Elton John: I'm Still Standing—A GRAMMY Tribute" where a parade of stars including Lady Gaga, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, SZA and more will pay tribute to John by performing some of his biggest. The concert special will conclude with a medley from Elton John himself, bringing home what promises to be a magical night of music.
According to a recent announcement, chances to see Elton John live are numbered as the GRAMMY winner plans on retiring from touring following the conclusion of his 300-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in Mar. 2019. John was quick to cite his children as the shining reasons why the decision to give up life on the road to spend more time at home was a "no-brainer."
"It was a life-changing experience, having children — and in the best way possible," says John. "I never thought in a million years I'd ever be a father. I didn't have the right temperament to be a father, the right job to be a father, and it's proved opposite. I love every single minute of it. I just love being a dad. I love them so much."
While he may not be hitting the road again after his current tour, John promises his career making music is far from over.
"[My career] always will continue," says John. "I'm going to be making records. I'm going to be writing musicals. I am going to be doing more philanthropic work. My life is changing all the time. It's changed ever since I had children, but it's not going to affect my music at all, because music is my life. I just don't want to be traveling because I want to be with my kids."
With five career GRAMMY wins and nearly three dozen career nominations, John has accomplished a ton in his time behind the piano. His music has influenced a whole new generation of artists, as is evidenced in a pair of tribute albums set for release early next month, and now it's his time to focus his attention and affection on his loved ones at home.
"I've done over four thousand shows; I don't need to keep doing them to prove myself. I need to be with [my children]," says John. "It's a new beginning, and it's another chapter of life unveiling itself in a different way."
"Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute" will air on CBS on April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.