Elton John has cancelled a number of upcoming concerts while he recovers from a potentially deadly bacterial infection he picked up in South America.
The cancelled shows include his upcoming run of concerts at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, as well as a scheduled show in Bakersfield, California, on May 6.
The cancellations were first reported by TMZ, which noted: “Our sources say Elton had a medical procedure a few months ago and was advised by doctors he needed rest. We’re told he did not heed that advice and continued working like crazy. Apparently, it caught up with him and he now is following doctor’s orders.”
However, a subsequent statement says the reason for the cancelled shows has to do with “a harmful and unusual bacterial infection” that Sir Elton apparently picked up during his tour of South America.
“During his return flight from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill,” reads the statement. “Upon returning to the U.K., Elton’s doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection. After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from hospital on Saturday, April 22 and is now comfortably resting at home per doctor’s advice. Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly.”
Thankfully, the “Rocket Man” icon’s prognosis is positive, with the statement declaring that treatment was successful and he’s expected to make “a full and complete recovery.” In fact, he’ll be returning his scheduled concert appearances on June 3, when he’ll be performing in Twickenham, England.
“I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them,” said Sir Elton in the statement. “I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well.”
John updated fans on his condition after receiving “an avalanche of well wishes” on social media.