Sir Elton John ends concert early after walking pneumonia diagnosis

Lawrence Kim
February 17, 2020

Following his departure from the stage, one fan tweeted: "Sir Elton John - you gave it everything you had - so sad you had to finish your concert in Auckland an hour early after your voice gave out".

Elton John is apologizing to fans in New Zealand after he was forced to cut a show short because of health problems. The audience were treated to 15 and a bit songs.

"I want to thank everyone who attended the #EltonFarewellTour gig in Auckland tonight. I can't sing", Sir Elton said.

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 hard. He told his fans: "I gave it all I had".

According to the BBC, it is less severe than other types of pneumonia, with most sufferers not requiring medical attention. Symptoms are comparable to those of a bad cold, often including a cough, chest pain, a sore throat and a headache.

"Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night", his promoter said.

John had to leave his first Auckland concert a few bars in to Daniel on Sunday night, telling crowds: "I've just completely lost my voice, I can't sing".

He is scheduled to perform at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium again on Tuesday and Thursday, however, it was not immediately clear whether the shows would go ahead. I am eternally grateful.

While another added: "We're just so bloody proud of you Elton!"

He signed the message off saying "Love, Elton xx". Sir Elton is now playing dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour.

Before his show in New Zealand, Elton was spotted at the 2020 Academy Awards on February 9 and an onlooker told us he was already looking under the weather.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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