‘All remaining shows will go ahead as planned’: Sir Elton John to continue Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour despite cutting Auckland concert short due to walking pneumonia
- Promoters reveal Sir Elton John’s Farewell tour will continue as planned
- Sir Elton ended his Auckland, New Zealand show abruptly on Sunday evening
- The 72-year-old told the stunned crowd that he ‘can’t sing’ due to ‘walking pneumonia’ diagnosis
- Elton broke down in tears and was escorted off the stage by a medic
Sir Elton John was forced to cut his New Zealand concert in Auckland short on Sunday night due to a recent diagnosis of walking pneumonia.
But the British superstar’s tour promoters have ensured fans Elton, 72, has no plans to cancel the remaining dates of his Farewell tour in Australia and New Zealand.
In a statement released on Monday, Chugg Entertainment confirmed: ‘At this stage, all remaining shows will go ahead as planned.’
The show goes on: A statement released on Monday, by promoter Chugg Entertainment, confirmed Sir Elton John’s Farewell tour WILL continue as planned despite the rock legend being forced to cancel Auckland show after ‘walking pneumonia’ diagnosis
‘Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night,’ the promoters’ statement said.
The official announcement comes after Elton himself penned a remorseful open letter dedicated to the 47,000 fans who attended the Auckland concert.
‘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,’ he wrote on Instagram.
Emotional: Elton fought back tears during Sunday’s concert, as he told the crowd he couldn’t sing or ‘go on’ due to his illness
Walking pneumonia is caused by bacteria that affects the lower and upper respiratory tract, and is a milder form of pneumonia.
‘I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had,’ the entertainer added.
He continued: ‘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.’
Trooper: The English singer-songwriter revealed that he had been diagnosed with ‘walking pneumonia’ earlier in the day but wanted to give fans ‘the best show humanly possible’
‘I just don’t have anything left’: On Sunday, Elton told the 47,000 strong crowd at Mt. Smart stadium in Auckland that he was unsure how much longer he could go on
Earlier on in the show, the two-time Academy-award winner fought back tears as disclosed his rare condition with concert goers.
As he prepared to sing the lyrics to his hit Daniel, an emotional Elton told the audience that he couldn’t go on.
‘I’ve just completely lost my voice. I can’t sing. I’ve got to go,’ he said, before being escorted off the stage by a medic.
On the road: Elton has been on the road for his Australian and New Zealand Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, said to be his final ever trek, for the past two months
Happier times: Earlier this month Elton, won his second Academy Award for Best Original Song for his track, (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, it’s his second win after nabbing the same award in 1994 for The Lion King track, Circle of Life. Pictured at the 92nd Academy Awards on Feb 9
Elton has been on the road for his Australian and New Zealand Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour for the past two months.
He is scheduled to play two additional Auckland shows this week, before returning to Australia to commence another round of concerts from February 22.
There is no word yet on if there will be refunds from Sunday night’s performance.
Dedication: Elton is scheduled to play two additional Auckland shows this week before heading back to Australia for another leg of final shows