Elton John Soldiers Through Farewell Tour Despite Walking Pneumonia Diagnosis

Elton John battles through a performance in Auckland, NZ on February 16th (photo: @eltonofficial)
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Elton John battles through a performance in Auckland, NZ on February 16th (photo: @eltonofficial)
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Elton John battles through a performance in Auckland, NZ on February 16th (photo: @eltonofficial)

Elton John, one of the most iconic musicians of our time, has been forced to postpone one of his scheduled Farewell Yellow Brick Road performances due to an ongoing illness. The 72-year-old singer valiantly attempted to push through a Sunday concert in Auckland, New Zealand, despite being diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier in the day. He completed more than half of the setlist before losing his voice and exiting the stage, to appreciative cheers from the crowd.

Medical professionals advised him to rest, and as a result, the next Auckland show has been pushed back one day, to February 19th. Subsequent performances are expected to proceed as planned, though this could change if John’s condition worsens and/or if he requires extra time to recuperate.

The Yellow Brick Road Tour, which is Elton John’s farewell tour, has already taken the beloved artist across America, Canada, Europe, and much of Oceania, and presently comprises of more than 270 completed and announced concerts. Nine performances remain on the current leg of the tour, after which John will head back to North America for an additional 43 gigs. Another European leg is scheduled to follow, and John will close the year with four consecutive performances in his native England. Details concerning 2021’s tour dates will be made available in the coming months.

Upon revealing the Yellow Brick Road Tour in 2018, Elton John indicated that his age made it much more difficult to travel, and that he wished to spend time with his two children. He and his partner, David Furnish, have been married for six years, since England legalized same-sex marriage.

Despite his age and health issues, Elton John has always been one of the most active artists in music, and his incredible energy and talent have made him a true legend. He performed “The Million Dollar Piano,” a Las Vegas show, over 200 times before shifting gears to the once-off tour. He also appeared at the Oscars last week to accept an award for “Best Original Song,” and apparently embarked on the 12-hour return flight to New Zealand shortly afterwards.

Fans who have been following Elton John’s career for decades were disappointed to hear about the postponement of the Auckland show, but they were also quick to express their support and love for the singer. Many fans took to social media to offer their well wishes and to express their hope that the singer will recover soon and continue to perform for his fans around the world.

Elton John has been entertaining fans for over five decades, and his music has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. His farewell tour has been a testament to his incredible talent and his unwavering dedication to his fans, and it is clear that he will be missed when he finally retires from the stage.

In the meantime, Elton John’s fans around the world will be eagerly waiting for news of his next performance, and they will be keeping him in their thoughts and prayers as he recovers from his illness. We wish him all the best and hope he makes a speedy recovery so he can get back to doing what he does best – entertaining fans with his incredible music and talent.