Elton John cancels summer tour; Friday's Hyde Park show is now free

The singer has been forced to pull his Hyde Park show on Friday (July 12) due to appendicitis

Elton John cancels summer tour; Friday's Hyde Park show is now free

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Sir Elton John has been forced to pull his summer tour due to appendicitis.

The singer was due to headline London's Hyde Park on Friday (July 12) as well as the Collisioni festival in Italy tonight (July 9) and a show in Germany on Thursday (July 11). Other July dates including festivals in Spain, France and Monaco have also been cancelled.

A statement on the singer's website says that he called in doctors after falling ill on his European tour and was diagnosed with appendicitis. "Sir Elton is currently undergoing a course of intensive antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the UK in the coming weeks, once doctors can be confident they have sufficiently reduced toxins within the inflamed appendicitis site," the statement reads, adding that the 66-year-old singer will not return to touring until he has fully recovered from the surgery.

"Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013," a spokesperson said.

Friday's show in Hyde Park will go ahead with performers including former Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Gabrielle Aplin. Existing ticket holders will receive a full refund automatically. Free tickets for the show on Friday are available here while stocks last. Existing, refunded tickets are still valid.

James Russell, Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks said: "I know that many people were looking forward to seeing Elton John perform on the Great Oak Stage this Friday and we wish him well. We still have a fantastic line-up for Friday night and this gives us the opportunity to extend our free offering for this event, giving more fans the opportunity to see and experience everything Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has to offer."

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