Suffering From Walking Pneumonia, He Apologizes To Fans While Vowing To Continue The Tour
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Music Blogger
It was goodbye Yellow Brick Road in New Zealand for Elton John, but all it will take is a couple of vodka and tonics – or rest, really – to set him on his feet again.
While performing a concert in Auckland, John was forced to leave the stage. Suffering from walking pneumonia he “gave it all I had” but vowed to continue the tour.
“I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland, he said in a post on Instagram. “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.”
“Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night. Despite the best efforts of a performer who never wants to disappoint his fans, upon further consultation from doctors and specialists, it has this evening been decided that Sir Elton John’s two remaining Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, performances will be rescheduled to Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January 2021.”
The concert was part of John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. He bent over on a stool and required medical attention after performing “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.” With a show-must-go-on mentally, he recovered and continued to play until later, when he had no voice left as he attempted to sing “Daniel.”
The tour has seven performances scheduled in Australia before traveling to the U.S. and Canada. Since walking pneumonia can best be cured with rest, John anticipates being recovered enough to play all those shows.
After all, in his own words:
Maybe you’ll get a replacement
There’s plenty like me to be found