Elton John cuts concert short due to walking pneumonia

Elton John was forced to cut short a concert in New Zealand after falling ill with walking pneumonia, according to the BBC and multiple news outlets. The singer, who is continuing his multi-year farewell tour, lost his voice mid-way through his set at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.

“I’ve just completely lost my voice. I can’t sing,” he told the crowd. “I’ve got to go. I’m sorry.” He then appeared to weep as he leaned on his piano and shook his head before leaving the stage.

Despite its ominous name, walking pneumonia is a relatively mild form of the illness that is generally caused by a lung infection caused by bacteria or viruses that is similar to a serious cold — but would certainly make a two-hour concert difficult.

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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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According to the report, John was checked by a medic midway through the show and performed multiple songs, including “Candle in the Wind” and “All the Girls Love Alice,” but had to give up the ghost as his voice abandoned him during his 1972 hit “Daniel.”

He later apologized to fans in a social media post. “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. Thank you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx,” he wrote.

He is scheduled to play two more concerts in Auckland on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

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