Elton John is one of the hardest-working men in showbiz -- he's constantly touring the world, or playing his residency in Las Vegas. However, he says his recent bout with appendicitis has led him to reevaluate his intense schedule.
Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, John says, "I knew I was sick, but I didn't know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan...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."
He adds, "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."
Elton goes on to say that when he had his appendectomy, he told himself, "This has got to stop, this is crazy, why am I doing this?" He adds, "I'm a great believer in signs coming to you in life to tell you something. This appendix thing, it's so lucky I didn’t die. So I'm treating is as a sign in great big letters saying, 'For f*** sake, get a grip!'"
Another factor in John's desire to cut back on his time spent on the road is the fact that Zachary, his eldest son, is getting older and will start school in 2015. When that happens, Elton says, he wants to be totally hands-on, taking him to school and picking him up.
"I don't want to just be the father who reads them a bedtime story," he explains to the paper. "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."
As for the Rocket Man's younger son, Elijah, the singer says the newest arrival is "the icing on the cake," adding, "I love every minute of fatherhood, staying up all night, changing nappies, kids crying, I find it really funny and inspiring. It connects you to the world in a new way."
John's new album, The Diving Board, is due out on September 24.
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