Five Retirement Tours of Music Icons Hitting Denver

Paul Simon performed a sold-out show at Red Rocks on June 28, 2017.
Paul Simon performed a sold-out show at Red Rocks on June 28, 2017. Miles Chrisinger
For five decades, Baby Boomer musicians have been hitting the highway, delivering the sounds of a generation to arenas across the country. While some aging artists seem committed to never coming off the road and likely kicking the bucket on stage (ahem, Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour), several music icons have declared 2018 as the year to put their tour bus out to pasture. In January, Neil Diamond announced that he would no longer tour after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, promising to continue studio work and thanking his fans for making his career "so good, so good, so good." Other musicians are taking one last victory lap before settling into retirement, and five of the biggest names have already confirmed stops in Denver on the way out.

click to enlarge Paul Simon performed a sold-out show at Red Rocks, on June 28, 2017. - MILES CHRISINGER
Paul Simon performed a sold-out show at Red Rocks, on June 28, 2017.
Miles Chrisinger
Paul Simon
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

"Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me," Paul Simon told the New York Times in June 2016, and now he is officially wrapping up the part of his career that involves live performance. The 76-year-old Graceland singer-songwriter has embarked on "Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour," which he describes as bringing his long career to "its natural end" — and proves wrong those who thought he would never quit, including Westword.

click to enlarge Slayer performed at 1STBANK Center on August 2, 2017. - MILES CHRISINGER
Slayer performed at 1STBANK Center on August 2, 2017.
Miles Chrisinger
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

Thrash-metal band Slayer has stayed active and relevant for nearly forty years, but even its end has been a long time coming. In 2016, singer-bassist Tom Araya said it was "time to collect my pension. ... It just gets harder and harder to come back out on the road" (Loudwire via Blabbermouth). There are no plans to release a new album before the disbandment.

Ozzy Osbourne
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Pepsi Center

Ozzy Osbourne took his band Black Sabbath on the road for one last death march in 2016 and 2017. Now the 69-year-old heavy-metal singer will tour solo for the last time, "celebrating five decades of the Prince of Darkness...Live!" Since Osbourne already completed a "No More Tours" Tour — in 1992! — this one is called "No More Tours 2," and will keep him circling the globe until 2020.

Joan Baez
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Paramount Theatre

Over sixty years of performing and more than thirty albums, Joan Baez has rarely backed away from a fight or turned from a spotlight. But the singer-songwriter and activist has announced that her "Fare Thee Well Tour" will conclude the "formal touring" part of her career. The tour is in support of latest album Whistle Down the Wind (her first since 2008), which includes covers of songs by Anohni, Josh Ritter, Tom Waits and others. Age has limited her upper range, but Baez doesn't plan to stop moving, whether in art or activism.

click to enlarge Elton John has announced his final tour. - ELTON JOHN'S FACEBOOK PAGE
Elton John has announced his final tour.
Elton John's Facebook page
Elton John
February 6 and 7, 2019
Pepsi Center

Elton John has been known as one of the most dynamic pop performers in the world — since 1967. Now the seventy-year-old piano man has launched the three-year-long "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, which will send him on a jaunt around the world. "Performing live fuels me," John said in a statement, adding that he's also "looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life." After retiring from touring, he plans to spend more time with his two young sons.

Three more artists whose 2018 retirement tours should come to Denver:

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