Elton John is 'looking forward to getting back on tour' after contracting bacterial infection


Sir Elton John has a spirit of gratitude, following news that he had contracted a potentially deadly bacterial infection.

The infection led to the 70-year-old musician having to cancel two months of performances in Las Vegas, Nevada. ET learned that John became violently ill recently during his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, following a tour of South America. Upon returning to the United Kingdom, he spent two nights in intensive care, followed by an extended stay in the hospital.

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On Tuesday morning, the "Rocket Man" singer comforted fans by tweeting amid his recovery. "Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes," he wrote. "Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I'm resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour."

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UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 22: Photo of Elton JOHN; First publicity pictures - in Hampstead (Photo by Val Wilmer/Redferns)
(NO SUB AGENCIES IN UK, FRANCE, HOLLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, JAPAN.) Elton John 1974 during Elton John File Photos 1970's in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
CIRCA 1971: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait wearing glasses in circa 1971. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1972: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait backstage in circa 1972. (Photo by Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
English singer-songwriter and pianist Elton John, London, 1973. (Photo By Michael Putland/Getty Images)
English pop singer Elton John in a white jacket and rococco spectacles during a photoshoot at his home for his 1974 Greatest Hits album, 1974. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1974: Pop singer Elton John performs onstage at the piano wearing a giant fuzzy hat in circa 1974. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 01: Photo of Elton JOHN (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)
LONDON - 1975: Elton John performs in concert circa 1975 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1977: Pop singer Elton John performs with Kiki Dee in circa 1977. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Singer Olivia Newton-John and musician Elton John attend the 'Grease' Premiere Party on June 13, 1978 at Studio 54 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Musician Elton John performs onstage, Chicago, Illinois, September 5, 1980. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
SHEPPERTON - JUNE 1981: Elton John at Shepperton Studios near London on 1st June 1981 during the filming of a videogram for his album The Fox. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)
English pop star, Elton John, performing in a colourful costume at the Hammersmith Odeon. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
TUNISIA - MARCH 31: Evening party 'Cartier' in El Kantaoui in Tunisia on March 31th,1983 - Elton John was overwhelmed when' cartier' offered him its latest gold Plated sun glasses which he isn't wearing here. (Photo by Laurent MAOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6: Elton John performs on stage, with at Watford flag on his piano, at Ahoy on 6th May 1984 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
LONDON - MAY 1985: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait in a film studio in May 1985 in London, England. (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Elton John and Joan Collins during Elton John and Joan Collins at Langan's Brasserie at Langan's Brasserie in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – OCT 22: Elton John and Donatella Versace attend the Grand Opening of Planet Hollywood on October 22, 1991 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John backstage before Elton John performs at Shea Stadium on August 21, 1992 in New York City.
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Singer and composer Elton John stands next to commemorative display marking his record-breaking performance 28 November, 2001, at Madison Square Garden in New York. John will perform his 53rd show at the Garden on 28 November, breaking the previous record of 52 performances held by the Grateful Dead since 1994. John's first concert was on 23 September, 1973. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Musician Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice attend the 67th Annual Academy Awards on March 27, 1995 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
MODENA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The picture shows opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (R) with Sir Elton John during the 1996 Pavarotti & Friends charity concert, in Modena, Italy. The Opera Star Luciano Pavarotti has died at the age of 71 at his home in Modena, Italy at 5am local time on September 6, 2007. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1229 -- Pictured: Musical guest Elton John performs on September 22, 1997 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jim Carrey, Mariah Carey and Elton John (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Elton John & Billie Jean king during Smash Hits with Billie Jean King and Elton John at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by R. Diamond/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 16: Elton John performs at Datch forum on December 16, 2003 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Morena Brengola/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 09: Elton John performs on Day 3 of the 8th Annual Outside Lands Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
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John then began retweeting some of the kind messages he was receiving from fans. "Hope you are resting up and getting better, Sir Elton. Looking forward to seeing you in Berlin, I've listened to your records since I was 6!" one tweet read.

"My best wishes for a speedy recovery to a piece of music's history. Get well soon, Elton," another fan wrote.

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While John seems optimistic about returning to the stage, the infection is quite serious. According to a statement released by the music icon on Monday, his doctors have advised that he spend time resting at home, seeing as infections of this type are both "rare and potentially deadly." Luckily, the singer-songwriter's medical team identified the infection quickly, which resulted in successful treatment. He is "expected to make a full and complete recovery."

"I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them," John said in the statement. "I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 06: Singer/songwriter Elton John testifies during a hearing before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee May 6, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held the hearing on global health problems. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Sen. John McCain (L) (R-AZ) and Sir Elton John, Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation, pose for a photo before an Elton John AIDS Foundation and The ONE Campaign hosted reception on global HIV/AIDS funding at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on May 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for EJAF)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Sir Elton John speaks onstage at the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, recognising excellence from across the world of theatre and beyond, at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: (L to R) Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sir Elton John and Tom Hiddleston attend the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, recognising excellence from across the world of theatre and beyond, at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Sir Elton John speaks onstage at the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, recognising excellence from across the world of theatre and beyond, at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, APRIL 01: English singer Elton John performs at the Sapucai Apotheosis downtown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 01, 2017, (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Sir Elton John celebrates his 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the UCLA Hammer Museum at RED Studios Hollywood on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - MARCH 11: Elton John performs on stage at Save On Foods Memorial Centre on March 11, 2017 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Hosts Elton John (L) and David Furnish speak onstage at the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: David Furnish and Elton John arrive for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
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