STOLKHAM, Sweden (VIP NEWS) – Avicii will retire from touring after a final run of concerts this year.
The superstar DJ and producer announced the news in a heartfelt note on his website.
After thanking a litany of friends, peers, partners and, of course, his fans, Avicii explained his need to step away from the road. "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," Avicii wrote. "I will however never let go of music — I will continue to speak to my fans through it."
Avicii said he`d long been wrestling with the decision to stop touring, and was finally able to gain a new perspective during a recent cross-country U.S. drive with friends. "It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while," he wrote.
Still, Avicii ended his letter on an optimistic note: "One part of me can never say never, I could be back… but I won`t be right back."
He even posted his new phone number for fans to get in touch with him, though he noted: "I might not be super quick to reply." Avicii`s full letter is available to read on his website.
Avicii — real name Tim Bergling — helped spearhead the EDM movement in the United States, breaking through in 2011 with his massive hit, "Levels." Along with scores of remixes, production work and guest appearances, Avicii notched many massive hits of his own, including "Wake Me Up," "You Make Me" and "Hey Brother." He released two studio albums as well, 2013`s True and 2015`s Stories.
Avicii already has a slew of live dates lined up for the spring and summer, including residencies in Las Vegas and Ibiza. He`s also set to play Electric Daisy Carnival U.K. in July and the famed British dance festival, Creamfields, in August.