Well John turns 70 this year, so he’s certainly earned the right to retire! Even if he never releases another original song, I think we can all be happy with the body of work he’s produced to date. John’s albums may never have been the biggest sellers but in terms of innovation, originality and versatility, I can think of few other artists that come anywhere near him.
I think we have to be realistic now; John can afford to be selective in what projects he chooses to take on and also of course what he chooses to release. I’m sure he’ll carry on making music, even if it’s just for his own pleasure, but I can understand that releasing new material, having to go out and promote it and maybe even tour, may be unlikely at his time of life.
Of course I would be delighted to be proved wrong, but I reckon the occasional guest vocal on other artists’ albums and newly “repurposed” deluxe re-releases of old albums every couple of years are what we’re most likely to get!