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Legendary performer and Grammy-winner Elton John is coming to the Sprint Center one last time before retiring. (Elton John) Legendary performer and Grammy-winner Elton John is coming to the Sprint Center one last time before retiring. (Elton John)
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Legendary performer and Grammy-winner Elton John is coming to the Sprint Center one last time before retiring.

His upcoming three-year global tour will cap nearly 50 years on stages around the world. He calls it a "way to go out with a bang."

His tour “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” will be coming to Kansas City on Feb. 13, 2019. The tour starts on Sept. 8 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It will consist of 300 shows in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

Tickets go on sale beginning Feb. 2. Prices range from $49.50, $124.50 and $224.50. To purchase tickets, click here or visit SprintCenter.com, the box office at Sprint Center or charge-by-phone at 888-929-7849.

"I've had a good run, I think you'd admit that," John said Wednesday, adding that he wanted to "leave people thinking, 'I saw the last tour and it was fantastic.'"

The 70-year-old singer, pianist and composer said he wanted to spend time with his family. His children will be 10 and 8 when the tour ends in 2021, and John said he hoped he might be able to take them to soccer practice. "My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family," he said. "This is the end."

He said two children keep him and husband David Furnish busy: "We thought about (more kids) but we said, 'No.' We have enough on our plate with these two. If we were 10, 15 years younger, we probably would have, definitely. I would love to have a little girl."

At the Grammy Awards, to be presented in New York on Sunday, John is to perform alongside Miley Cyrus and will collect the President's Merit Award. His Vegas residency ends in May after six years. His hits include "Your Song" and "Candle in the Wind." He has won five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe for "The Lion King" and a Tony Award for "Aida." He is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and has sold 300 million records.

"I had a period in my life when I was selling records, I couldn't stop being No. 1, and I gradually evened out. If you're good live, it's about being able to play live. The great artists that are out now - McCartney, Springsteen, Sting, Bob Dylan, they've all been great live performers, The Who - that's the longevity," he said. "There aren't many of us left and I don't think when we go there will be anybody else to replace us."

John launched his first tour in 1970 and has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

He said the upcoming tour could include special guests onstage: "Maybe. Yeah, of course. ...That keeps the momentum of the tour going. ...That will happen."

From 1970-76, John released 10 original studio albums and seven consecutive chart toppers. He remained a hit maker over the following four decades, from "The Lion King" soundtrack song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to a revision of his Marilyn Monroe ode "Candle in the Wind," released in 1997 after the death of John's friend Princess Diana and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

"I love music. It's not a chore. It's pleasure. Music kept me alive when I was doing drugs and I was still working. It's a constant in my life every sense I've been a young boy. The reason I'm here is because of music. And now the reason has changed - it's because of my children," he said.

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