After Billy Joel also Neil Young speaks ot on farewell tour: When I retire, people will know, because I’ll be dead. has called out bands who embark on farewell tours, calling the shows “bullshit.”
Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Simon and Soft Cell are just some of the acts who recently announced their own farewell tours.
“They’ll know, “He’s not coming back! He retired.” But I’m not gonna say, “I’m not coming back.” What kind of bullshit is that? I could go out and play if I felt like it, but I don’t feel like it. I’ve got a great band. I’ve got two great bands – I’ve got Promise of the Real and Crazy Horse. They’re both great bands and they’re different. But they both can play a lot of shit.
Also Billy Joel recently had something to say about:
You know what a farewell tour is? Is just a way of getting people to buy tickets, they don’t think they’re going to see you anymore. (Billy Joel)
Then all these farewell tours go on for like five years. The Who have been on a farewell tour for like 30 years. So I think it’s pointless. If I’m going to stop, I’m just going to stop. But I don’t see that happening.”
For Billy Joel, dramatic announcements proclaiming your exit from the world stage just don’t make sense to him:
Piano Man says: “I’m looking at it and thinking to myself, okay, maybe it will be his farewell tour, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to play again. I’m still playing, but I’m not touring. You could say I’ve already done my farewell tour. I’m just playing spot gigs and then I go home. So there’s a possibility — I mean, Elton lives in England. Maybe he’ll play in London and do a residency like I’m doing in New York. You never know.”