Elton John has been forced to cancel his entire performance schedule for the upcoming April/May run of The Million Dollar Piano at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace due to medical reasons. John is also cancelling his performance in Bakersfield, California on Saturday May 6. The singer is, however, expected to resume his schedule of live performances in Twickenham, England on Saturday June 3.
An official press statement clarifying the specific nature of John’s illness read: “During a recent, successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection. During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile he became violently ill. Upon returning to the UK, Elton's Doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection. After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from hospital on Saturday, April 22 and is now comfortably resting at home per doctors advice. Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly. Thankfully, Elton's medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery."
Speaking about the cancellation, John said: "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologise for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."
Orders purchased with a credit card for the cancelled performances will be refunded to the credit card used for purchase. Those who purchased tickets with cash may present tickets at the original point of sale for a refund.