Elton John cancels a week of shows after hospitalisation

It is still thought he will make his live commitments in the UK next month

Elton John has had to cancel four shows in Las Vegas, after being hospitalised due to a serious respiratory infection.

TMZ reports that the singer was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at 6am (PST) yesterday (May 23). They add that he is now out of hospital, but has been told by doctors to rest up and not perform for a week in order to prevent any more damage and so he can complete his course of antibiotic treatment. Speaking to TMZ about the four postponed shows in Las Vegas, he said:

It feels strange not to be able to perform these ‘Million Dollar Piano’ concerts at the Colosseum… I love performing the show and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts… All I can say to the fans is ‘sorry I can’t be with you’.

Elton John is still set to tour the UK next month and will release a new album titled ‘The Diving Board’ this autumn. Speaking about the LP, which is the follow-up to his 2010 effort ‘The Union’, he claimed that the album was his “most exciting” for a long time and said he was ‘psyched’ about the finished product.

Elton John will play:

Taunton Somerset Country Cricket Club (June 3)
Harrogate Great Yorkshire Showground (5)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (7)
Chesterfield B2NET Stadium (9)
Falkirk Stadium (10)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (13)
Birmingham LG Arena (15)
Blackpool Tower Festival Headland (16)

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