Sir Elton John cut short his concert in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday after revealing he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia.
Incredibly, the 72-year-old music legend managed to perform for nearly two hours before his voice finally cut out. “I’m so sorry,” John told the crowd in tears before exiting the stage.
In a subsequent statement posted to social media, John wrote, “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.”
John is due back on stage in Auckland on Tuesday as part of his multi-year “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour”. It’s unclear whether future dates will be impacted due to his illness.
You can purchase tickets to all of John’s upcoming concerts here.
— Tim McCready (@Tim_McCready) February 16, 2020