He’s proven himself to be in extraordinary form at the age of 72 — now Elton John intends to play his remaining shows in New Zealand this week, his tour promoters have said, a day after illness caused the singer to lose his voice and cut short a performance.
On Sunday night in Auckland, a tearful John was forced to stop his concert after being diagnosed with pneumonia earlier that day.
Early on in the gig, John had to pause the show to be checked over by a medic.
He continued to play, telling the crowd, “I don’t know how much longer I can sing, I just don’t have anything left. I will try, but I just can’t promise anything.”
A few songs later, when launching into “Daniel”, John stopped, saying, “I’ve just completely lost my voice. I can’t sing. I’ve got to go. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”
John began crying as he stood up from his piano, visibly shaken as he was assisted from the stage by a member of his crew.
His fans stood up and applauded the singer as he left the stage, while John later took to social media to thank them for their support.
“I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible.
I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more.
I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had.
Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance.
I am eternally grateful.
Love, Elton xx”, he wrote on Instagram.
Tour promoters Chugg Entertainment said John was resting and doctors are confident he will recover.
“Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night,” the promoters’ statement said.
“At this stage, all remaining shows will go ahead as planned.”
Walking pneumonia is caused by bacteria that affects the lower and upper respiratory tract. A milder form of pneumonia, a lung infection is often to blame for the condition.
John retweeted a number of messages of support from fans.
Elton, tonight you were incredible. To perform the way you did, was just indescribable – the fact you continued to push through and sing (and sing incredibly) even when you couldn’t talk is just phenomenal. Thank you for everything, you are a true inspiration ❤️
— cait (@caitIinmargaret) February 16, 2020
John is due to play two more Auckland shows on Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20. There is no word yet on if there will be refunds from Sunday night’s performance.
John is due to commence another round of concerts in Australia on February 22 as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, what is said to be his final tour.
Originally published as Elton John’s comeback plan despite illness