Elton John says that his recent surgery for an abscess of the appendix has convinced him to scale back his road work. Elton, who'll release his latest album, The Diving Board on September 24th, told The Telegraph that he's reevaluated his career and family life, explaining, "I knew I was sick, but I didn't know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan, which was after nine shows, 24 flights and a summer ball. I could have easily died at any point. Your sense of your mortality kicks in. This is a wake up call for me, it really is. I'm 66 not 36 anymore. I want to write another musical for Broadway and I want to spend more time with my children. I don't have to tour. I don't need the money."
He went on to say that the parental pull of his two sons, Zachary and Elijah, is his main reason for tapering off from long road treks: "I love every minute of fatherhood, staying up all night, changing (diapers) kids crying, I find it really funny and inspiring. It connects you to the world in a new way. . . I don't want to just be the father who reads them a bedtime story. I want to be one of the dads in the playground, there for parents' evenings, sports day. I've got all that ahead of me and I am so looking forward to it."
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