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Last week, Avicii announced in an open letter on his website that this live tour would be his last for the foreseeable future. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, talked about why he’s retiring from touring at the age of 26.
“This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I’m happier than I have been in a very, very long time,” said Avicii.
Bergling was particularly worried that he would look ungrateful but soon felt comfortable with his decision after receiving text messages of support from his peers in the music industry. Unfortunately, not everyone was so nice (where’s Kanye when you need him)…
Avicii has battled some health issues for the last couple years, believed to be a result of excessive drinking. The DJ had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014 and said one of the big reasons for his retirement is that he’s done with the party scene that comes with performing.
But he isn’t quite done yet. Avicii still has 33 dates left on his 2016 tour and plans to premiere some new songs during those shows. His last concert is scheduled for August 28 in—where else—Ibiza. The DJ said this retirement will actually lead to him making more music, whether that be songwriting for fellow artists or working on other projects. One of those projects could actually just be keeping up with the news.
Bergling only learned that festival headliners LCD Soundsystem were reuniting for the summer shows during his interview:”I could envision a comeback. Maybe in 60 years,” he said.
In case you find yourself missing the DJ, he let fans know they can text him at +46769436383, but he “might not be super quick to reply.”
For the full interview with The Hollywood Reporter, you can go here.