Elton John reveals he prefers being dad to sons Zachary and Elijah over performing live

Elton John has admitted he prefers being a dad to performing live.

The 70-year-old music icon told The Mirror he doesn’t miss the thrill of taking to the stage when he’s at home taking care of sons Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five, who he shares with husband David Furnish.

It comes as Elton kicks off his last ever world tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which will see him play a staggering 300 dates over three years.

Priorities: Elton John has admitted he prefers being a dad to performing live, as he spoke to The Mirror after kicking off his last ever work tour

Priorities: Elton John has admitted he prefers being a dad to performing live, as he spoke to The Mirror after kicking off his last ever work tour

Priorities: Elton John has admitted he prefers being a dad to performing live, as he spoke to The Mirror after kicking off his last ever work tour

He said: ‘My life revolves around them now – taking them to school, getting them to bed, being there for them, being there at weekends.

‘Fatherhood taught me that there is no love as strong as the love you have for your children.

‘Not even my love for playing live.’

Open: Elton said he doesn't miss the thrill of taking to the stage when he's at home taking of sons Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five (above in 2015) who he shares with husband David Furnish

Open: Elton said he doesn't miss the thrill of taking to the stage when he's at home taking of sons Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five (above in 2015) who he shares with husband David Furnish

Open: Elton said he doesn’t miss the thrill of taking to the stage when he’s at home taking of sons Zachary, seven, and Elijah, five (above in 2015) who he shares with husband David Furnish

Elton kicked off his incredible swan song tour last week with a show in Pennsylvania, after he announced earlier this year he is set to quit touring to focus on his young family.

The Rocket Man legend confirmed in January he was done taking to the road to perform after 50 years in the industry, but didn’t rule out writing or releasing new music. 

He told The Mirror: ‘I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. 

I'm done! Last week Elton kicked off his last ever tour in the US titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The tour is set to run for three years with more than 300 dates including ten in the UK

I'm done! Last week Elton kicked off his last ever tour in the US titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The tour is set to run for three years with more than 300 dates including ten in the UK

I’m done! Last week Elton kicked off his last ever tour in the US titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The tour is set to run for three years with more than 300 dates including ten in the UK

‘I need to dedicate more time to raising my children. It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life.

‘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.

‘But creatively, I will be doing writing a lot, and who knows what’s going to happen. If you let things happen for you, that’s the magic of life. I will be creative, hopefully, up until the day I die.’

Breakaway: The Rocket Man legend confirmed in January he is set to retire from touring to spend more time in his family, but hasn't ruled out writing or working on new music

Breakaway: The Rocket Man legend confirmed in January he is set to retire from touring to spend more time in his family, but hasn't ruled out writing or working on new music

Breakaway: The Rocket Man legend confirmed in January he is set to retire from touring to spend more time in his family, but hasn’t ruled out writing or working on new music

After kicking off his shows in the States, Elton will travel to the UK in April 2019 for ten dates, though the locations are yet to be confirmed. 

He is also set to lend a hand to this year’s John Lewis Christmas Advert, with sources saying he has been offered £5 million and a starring role in the iconic ad.

The Mail On Sunday reported it is a dramatic bid by the department store chain to win the annual festive TV campaign battle against high street rivals such as Marks & Spencer.

Busy: He is also set to lend a hand to this year's John Lewis Christmas Advert, with sources saying he has been offered £5 million and a starring role in the iconic ad

Busy: He is also set to lend a hand to this year's John Lewis Christmas Advert, with sources saying he has been offered £5 million and a starring role in the iconic ad

Busy: He is also set to lend a hand to this year’s John Lewis Christmas Advert, with sources saying he has been offered £5 million and a starring role in the iconic ad

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