Sir Elton announces final tour in live video

Sir Elton John has revealed he will perform one final world tour before hanging up his microphone for good.

The 70-year-old music star has said he will visit every continent in the three-year tour, which will start in September.

After an elaborate video to fans, which detailed his career with historic video clips and computer-enhanced images, he said: “My priorities have changed.”

He went on to talk about how he wants to spend more time with his children, adding: “Mostly, I’ll be taking my kid to soccer academy.”

He added: “Hopefully it will be like saying goodbye to a friend.”

But he also said: “I’m stopping touring – I’m not stopping music.”

Ahead of the announcement, the video played parts of some of his greatest hits, including Rocket Man and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, it also showed moments from some of his biggest gigs and photos of him with celebrities, including Diana, Princess of Wales.

The video then cut to Sir Elton live in New York, sat at a piano and playing Tiny Dancer.

Sir Elton John plays Tiny Dancer live in New York as part of his big announcement

Image: Sir Elton John plays Tiny Dancer live in New York as part of his big announcement

After a round of applause from a small audience, he went on to play I’m Still Standing.

The singer’s comes less than a year after he was forced to cancel a set of shows due to a bacterial infection.

He was rushed to hospital and spent two nights in intensive care after he became “violently ill” during a flight home from Chile.

The 70-year-old star, who found global fame with songs such as Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer, is scheduled to see out his Las Vegas residency, which runs until 19 May.

Image: Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer are among Sir Elton’s greatest hits

He is also scheduled to play two dates in Georgia in June and July.

Health issues have seen Sir Elton, who was fitted with a pacemaker in 1999, cancel dates in the past.

In 2013, the veteran performer played 10 shows in pain before sacking off the rest of the tour after he was diagnosed with appendicitis.

The musician said he was “grateful to be alive” at the time as he could have died at any moment during the shows across Europe.

In the year before, he cancelled several American shows because of a respiratory infection.

attends the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.

Image: The musician became an instant success in the US

The iconic artist started gigging at his local pub aged 15 in 1962 under his birth name Reggie Dwight.

By the 1970s, he was touring the United States and became an instant success.

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After forming the Elton John Band, he was soon touring all over the world, including Soviet Russia, where he became the first international popstar to perform there.

The announcement follows Sir Elton releasing his greatest hits compilation album Diamonds in November, which was put together to commemorate 50 years of Sir Elton’s work with lyricist Bernie Taupin.