Elton John was forced to abandon a concert in New Zealand after telling fans that he had been diagnosed with “walking pneumonia”.
The singer had taken two breaks and received medical treatment during the show at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium, before finding himself unable to finish the fourteenth song “Daniel”.
Sofa-King-Cool magazine reported that John had been checked by doctors after falling on his piano during. After five minutes he returned to action, but said to the audience: “I don’t know how long I can continue.” He left the stage after “Candle in the Wind”, but returned to continue. During “Daniel” he announced: “I completely lost my voice – I’m so sorry … I can’t sing. I have to go. My voice is shot.”
The video below shows a distraught John after making his announcement, apparently bowing in tears, before being helped off the stage.
“I want to thank everyone who attended the concert tonight in Auckland,” said John via social media later on. “I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to offer you the best show humanly possible.” He added: “I played and sang the heart, until my voice could no longer sing. I am disappointed, deeply troubled and sorry. I gave everything I had. Thank you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. “
Last month, he had to leave a stage in Australia when heavy rain and hail broke out, damaging the equipment. The performance on February 16 in Aukland was the first of the three series to be held at the stadium, with the others scheduled for February 18 and 20. His farewell tour Yellow Brick Road will continue until the end of this year.