British pop superstar Elton John turned 75 on March 25, but has vowed to keep making music, even on his final world tour.
The flamboyant former Reg Dwight has become a mainstay on the music scene since the 1970s, with a string of hits including ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Candle in the Wind’ and ‘Rocketman’.
He also led a massive campaign for HIV/AIDS research, raising millions for charity.
The singer-songwriter, who became ‘Sir Elton’ in 1998 when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, said he was not usually nostalgic but described the three-quarters of a century as a “milestone”.
“I will definitely find time today to take stock and thank my lucky stars for my wonderful family, friends and career,” he added.
“I feel incredibly lucky that at 75 I still love what I do so much – I’m still so excited about music and excited to play, listen and talk about it every day.”
John has sold over 300 million records worldwide and scored his first UK number one single in 16 years last month with ‘Cold Heart’, featuring singer Dua Lipa.
He is currently on his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour – a 300-plus-concert worldwide extravaganza that began in 2018 – and said “the thrill of performing live is as incredible as it was 50 years ago. “.
But he added, “I have so much to pass on to the next generation of fans and artists, and I’m determined to keep giving back to the industry that has given me so much.”
To mark his birthday, he is releasing a digitally remastered version of his album “Diamonds: The Ultimate Greatest Hits” for the first time on streaming platforms.
This weekend, her husband David Furnish will host the 30th annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards.
Five years ago, John – twice winner of a music Oscar for his biopic ‘Rocketman’ and ‘The Lion King’ – sold 25 works donated by artists and collectors to mark the 25th anniversary of the association.