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Those who were looking forward to seeing Elton John at his upcoming “Million Dollar Piano” shows in Las Vegas won’t get to see the Rocket Man in Sin City after all. The 70-year-old singer-songwriter was forced to cancel all his scheduled Caesars Palace performances for April and May after he contracted a “harmful and unusual bacterial infection” following a tour in South America.
“During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill,” a statement about John’s condition reads. “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.”
The kind of infection John contracted is “rare and potentially deadly,” according to the statement. Fortunately his doctors were able to treat it successfully, and he’s expected to make a full recovery. The performer is set to make his return to the stage on June 3 in Twickenham, England.
The cancellations also include John’s May 6 appearance in Bakersfield, Calif. It’s unclear whether the Las Vegas and Bakersfield shows will be rescheduled, but John and his team extended their apologies for the inconvenience.
“I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them,” John added to the statement. “I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well.”
On Tuesday morning, the legend tweeted that he “woke up to an avalanche of well wishes” and is looking forward to getting back on tour.
Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes. Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I’m resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour. pic.twitter.com/zwTKvt1jn7
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) April 25, 2017
This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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