Elton John was forced to cut a performance short at the Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday after making the emotional announcement to fans in attendance that he’s been suffering from pneumonia. The illness made him unable to complete his show despite his best efforts.
Afterward, he took to social media to address the situation with his fans.
“I want to thank everyone who attended the #EltonFarewellTour gig in Auckland tonight,” John wrote after performing 14 songs of his typical 25-song setlist. “I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible. 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. Thank you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”
Fans in the comments were extremely supportive of the music legend.
“Nothing absolutely NOTHING but love for you! Your the ultimate performer. For you to have played half a set was incredible. If that is to be my last time then I will have a happy heart. Your reaction to ending early showed exactly what a first class performer you are because it broke your heart and we all felt it. Nothing but love and wishes for a speedy recovery,” one said.
“My mum went to the concert tonight and she told me how amazing you were, and that just seeing you give it your very all was so fantastic. She thoroughly enjoyed herself as did so many others, and we all just want to wish you a speedy recovery, and applaud you for going out there and continuing to give a spectacular performance when anyone else would have just cancelled the concert,” another wrote.
“We love you!! You were amazing and you did your best and that’s all we could ask. Your health comes first!” a third fan commented.
One week ago, John won an Oscar for best original song.
“Thank you to Bernie who’s been the constant thing in my life, when I was screwed up and when I was normal,” said John, referencing Bernie Taupin with whom he has collaborated on many songs including the Rocketman track.
“This is a dream for us — we’ve never been nominated for anything like this. Being here with this guy…I don’t even have words for it,” he said. “This is just justification for 53 years of just hammering it out and doing what we do.”