Sure it does, depending on how badly he wanted to get off the radar. Scheduling a tour like this would cause people to say exactly what you have said, it doesn't make any sense so he MUST be dead. If he wanted badly enough to get out from under public scrutiny and just live the rest of his life in peace, people would be more likely to think he may have faked his own death if it just happened when there was nothing going on. And as you and others have proven, you can't believe someone would fake their death if they had planned a tour. It's a brilliant plan, actually.
Again, I'm not saying this is what happened, but it would make absolutely perfect sense in a brilliant scheme to fake one's death.