The EDM giant has announced his retirement from touring
Tim Bergling AKA Avicii had a meteoric rise to fame in 2010/11 after he released the tag team of stadium sized anthems "Seek Bromance" and "Levels". These two tracks helped usher in the age of EDM and made Tim a megastar almost overnight.
At the tender age of 21 Tim's life was turned upside-down and within months he found himself playing to huge crowds, touring the world and leading the life of the superstar DJ.
Recently, that life has been catching up to him and in 2014 he chose to cancel a number of shows due to health concerns. After taking a break from touring he was back in 2015 and has a world tour lined up for 2016.
However he has today announced his plans to retire from touring. In a lengthy statement to fans on his facebook and official website, Tim has confirmed that a mixture of health concerns and a desire to lead a normal life has led him to make the decision to step away from performing after the 2016 tour is complete.
He has assured fans that he will never step away from music, but that for now at least, he wants to step away from the stage.
Whatever your opinion of his music, his impact on commercial dance music is undeniable and the news that 2016 will be his last tour will come as a shock to his thousands of fans across the globe.
You can read his full statement below.
First and foremost thank you to my brother and partner Ash, its truly been a crazy run and its only been possible through our collaborative efforts, yin and yang, brother to brother manager to artist. I will always appreciate this road with you no matter where it leads from here. I could write so much more but our journey is far from finished.
Thank you to the teams of Johnny Tenander, Per Sundin, Max Hole, Neil Jacobson and Joakim Johansson in no particular order. Your loyalty and hard work on the label and publishing fronts have allowed me to always feel like we have had someone backing us in your court, and that has given me the musical confidence I've needed. Thank you.
Thank you to all artists, musicians and songwriters who have helped me develop musically and personally, the list is long but there is no one I've worked with where I haven't learnt something.
A huge thank you to all my friends in the industry. Thank you Jesse Waits at XS for having been such a huge friend to me and a rock in stormy waters. Also huge thanks in no particular order to Jonathan Schwartz, Austin Leeds, Pete Moutso, Dave Grutman, Noah Tepperberg, Jason Strauss, Sean Christie, Carlos Correal, Rob Fernandez, Eddie Dean, Adam Russakoff, Mike Satsky, Trecia Laird, Lisa Pillette, Marcella Barrett, Zoe Stainsby, Joe Bellioti, Yann and Romain Pissenem, John and Paul in Ibiza, Fricko, Sean, Marcus, Awat, Lucas, Ludde, Calle, Johannes, Filip, Levan, Otto, Oliver, my brothers David and Anton, my sister Linda, My parents Anki and Klas. Thank you to all the ones I didn't include in this moment. There has been too many people to mention in one sitting that had an impact on me in this industry and Im sorry I'm forgetting some of you. But last but not least thank you to every fan who has ever bought a ticket or snuck in, bought a song or downloaded it, commented on posts or hated at them. Its your thoughts and ideas about the music that helped me evolve and I do owe everything I have to you.
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 realize 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.
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.
My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. 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.
I will however never let go of music - I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!
One part of me can never say never, I could be back ...but I won’t be right back.
Tim Bergling / Avicii
P.S. I've got a new phone so you can text me re all this +46769436383. Please bare with me I might not be super quick to reply. X
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29 Mar 2016