Elton John Stops Concert Due to Walking Pneumonia

Brenda Watkins
February 17, 2020

An emotional Sir Elton John has reached out to fans on social media saying he's "disappointed and deeply upset" that he couldn't complete Sunday night's show - but his remaining Auckland concerts will go ahead.

The singer, 72, revealed that he had been diagnosed the same day with walking pneumonia. The audience were treated to 15 and a bit songs.

At the start of last night's show at Mt Smart Sir Elton mentioned he had been diagnosed with "walking pneumonia".

Walking pneumonia is a relatively mild form of pneumonia which affects the respiratory tract that does not typically require hospitalisation.

A concert promoter said in a statement earlier on Monday that John was likely to recover enough to be able to perform at his remaining two Auckland concerts this week. I gave it all I had.

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John responded to his fans by tweeting out another message which read, "thank you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight's performance".

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. Symptoms include tiredness, sore throat, fever and cough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The tour lists additional performances at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday and there's no word on whether those shows will go on as scheduled. I am eternally grateful.

The New Zealand gig is part of the star's global farewell tour.

"Elton John attends the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, holding the Oscar for Best Original Song for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from "Rocketman", which he won with Bernie Taupin at the 92nd Academy Awards, in West Hollywood, California, U.S. February 9, 2020.

We're sending healing wishes to Elton as he steps back to take care of himself and we hope to see him back on stage soon!

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