EDM powerhouse Avicii shocked fans Tuesday by announcing, in a statement on his Facebook page, his retirement from live gigs. According to the statement, the music producer has already announced 2016 tour dates, which will be the last time he performs live.
The "Wake Me Up" hitmaker revealed he took this decision after a road trip across the US with a few friends. "Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I'd been struggling with for a while, [sic]" he wrote.
The music producer's decision to quit performing live might have come from his desire to explore different things in life. He wrote further in the long post: "My path has been filled with success but it hasn't come without its bumps. I've become an adult while growing as an artist, I've come to know myself better and realise that there's so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there's so little time to explore them. [sic]"
He went on to state he was grateful for all the success and fame he has achieved over the years. "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist, [sic]" he wrote.
In the post, Avicii also hinted he might move back to Sweden, his home country. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
He concluded the post by saying: "One part of me can never say never, I could be back... but I won't be right back. [sic]"
Avicii currently has two successful albums to his credit — "True" and "Stories" — both of which have gathered him immense fan following, which has only grown by the day. He is also known for his collaborations with the likes of David Guetta and Madonna.