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Elton John to quit touring after almost 50 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sir Elton John has announced he will stop touring in order to prioritise his family. Speaking in New York, the star said he would say goodbye to fans with a series of 300 dates spanning three years. “I always thought I was going to be like Ray Charles, BB King – on the road forever,” he said. “My priorities have changed. We had children and I changed our lives. That doesn’t mean to say I’m not going to be creative. but I’m not…

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Neil Diamond retires from touring after Parkinson's diagnosis

Singer Neil Diamond has announced he will retire from touring, after a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, cancelled his March tour dates for Australia and New Zealand on medical advice. The Solitary Man singer was midway through his 50th anniversary tour. In a statement he said he took the decision “with great reluctance and disappointment”. “I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” he said. “My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were…

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Touring Jim Henson’s Restless Creative Spirit, at the Museum of the Moving Image

Who owns Kermit the Frog? Technically, it’s the Walt Disney Company, which bought the Muppets, in 2004. Spiritually, it’s Jim Henson, who created the Muppets and was the voice and soul of Kermit until his untimely death, of an infection, in 1990. Beyond that, there are a few other claimants. Henson’s five children became custodians of his creations after his death and have overseen a winding path of corporate ownership, while continuing to promote their father’s legacy. And there are the millions of children who grew up with Kermit and…

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