Elton John breaks down and stops concert mid-way as he's unable to sing because of walking pneumonia
The remaining two concerts in Auckland will go ahead as planned along with six gigs in Australia
British musical icon Elton John had to cut his New Zealand concert short on February 16 as he was unable to sing due to a case of "walking pneumonia" as the 'I'm Still Standing' singer monikered the illness.
He was performing at a sold-out show at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, which was part of his global farewell tour when the bout struck. He abruptly left the stage but returned for two more songs a few minutes later before explaining to the crowd, “I’ve just completely lost my voice. I can’t sing. I’ve got to go. I’m sorry,” the BBC reports.
The 72-year-old singer appeared to be in tears, shaking his head as he leaned over the piano. He was escorted by several assistants and was given a standing ovation by the audience, according to Sky News. He had warned the crowd earlier that evening of the "walking pneumonia", which is a serious lung infection, but not as severe as general pneumonia.
He later shared some details on Instagram, saying, “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight's gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible". He adds, "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", before expressing his gratitude for the support and love the crowd gave him. "I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx (sic)".
Fans shared much love in their responses to the Insta post, saying, "Feel better, Captain Fantastic!" and "I love you and will be praying for your recovery". Some have been more than understanding with the incident and do not seem perturbed by the show ending early, saying "We must protect this man at all costs" and "We’re proud of you. So bloody proud. Please rest up. We love you. #myhero (sic)".
John has two more Auckland gigs scheduled for his farewell tour, titled 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road', on February 18 and 20, and according to NZ Herald, John will proceed with them, despite the recent bout. The tour will then move to Australia for six gigs before returning to North America on March 26.