(CNN) — Sir Elton John is saying goodbye to life on the road.

The music icon announced in a press event on Wednesday that his next world tour will be his last. The three year tour will start in September, John told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a sit down chat that was live-streamed around the world.

“I’ve been touring since I was 17 with various bands,” John said. “I thought the time is right to say thank you to all my fans and say goodbye.”

John said his priorities changed when he and his husband, David Furnish, had children.

“We had children and had changed our lives and in 2015 we sat down with their school schedule and we said I’m going to miss too much of this,” he told Cooper.

There had been speculation for several days over what John’s announcement would be after a countdown clock was posted to his official website with lyrics from his hit song, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Fans can still catch the Rocket Man in Las Vegas, where John is on his second residency at Caesars Palace. The singer had to cancel a few shows last year after he was hospitalized for a bacterial infection he contracted while he was on tour in South America. “The Million Dollar Piano” show will end in May.

John, 70, is also scheduled to perform a duet with Miley Cyrus at the Grammy Awards this weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

He’s also performing at a post-Grammys concert on January 30, “Elton John: I’m Still Standing-A Grammy Salute,” which will include performances by Sam Smith, Chris Martin, John Legend and Keith Urban are among those who will pay tribute.

John is a highly-decorated artist whose self-titled 1970 debut reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and gave him his first Top 10, “Your Song,” according to the Grammy’s official site. He’s won five Grammy Awards, a Tony and an Academy Award.

Early in his career, John was known for flamboyant costumes and wild glasses. He’s taken the stage wearing a duck suit, a sequined baseball uniform and a Ronald McDonald outfit. He wore the colorful clothes to help create a spectacle and offset his shyness onstage.

He is the third most successful Billboard Hot 100 artist of all time, according to the magazine’s tally of sales for music released between 1958 and 2015. Only the Beatles and Madonna rank higher.

John is currently collaborating on a Broadway musical based on “The Devil Wears Prada,” the 2003 book written by Lauren Weisberger, which was turned into a film in 2006 starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.

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  1. I love his music, but am glad he is retiring!! My parents spent very high dollars to see him at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. My parents said that there was big screens up with women naked. Not just naked it was showing the privates up close, and I am not talking about boobs. It was gross my parents said! A gay man having porn on screens while he is playing his music, makes us women know that he hates women!! I realize that he was playing in Vegas, and I am pretty open minded, but that is not what my parents paid top dollar for. They had to leave after a half hour, because the screens just would not stop showing vulgar stuff!! If I had been with them, I would have insisted on getting my money back. That was just not cool of Elton John!! I know my parents were not the only ones bothered by this. He should be ashamed of himself. I used to love to watch him on TV, but would not watch anything with him in it, nor will I ever listen to his songs!!

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