WELLINGTON, February 17 (Reuters) – Irish singer-songwriter Elton John apologized to his fans in New Zealand late Sunday when he lost his voice about walking pneumonia and had to cut a short concert t in Auckland.
John broke down in tears at the Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium after being unable to sing despite receiving medical attention.
He took his Instagram page on Sunday night to apologize to fans who came to the show.
“I would like to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I had diagnosed earlier walking pneumonia today, but I was determined to give you the best show to you,” he said. he said in the post.
“I played and I sang my heart, until my voice could sing more. I am disappointed, very upset and sorry. I gave what I had,” he said.
The legendary singer, who won the Academy’s Award last week for the best original song in his own biopsy, “Rocketman,” had to be assisted from the stage after trying to launch the song ‘Daniel’. New Zealand Herald reported.
John told the crowd in the early part of the concert that he was ill and his voice was “shooting”, but he was determined to put on a great show.
He wanted to make ‘Candle in the Wind’ and told the audience he didn’t know how long he could continue, the Herald said. He left briefly but returned to new clothes.
Some songs later lost his voice completely and the show was around. He was seen crying and waiving to a well-known crowd when he left the stage, with the help of media.
The concert was part of John’s Yellow Bride Road.
There are two other Auckland shows – Tuesday, 18 February and Thursday, 20 February. These shows are expected to go ahead as planned as doctors are confident that John, the state broadcaster 1 will return news reports on Monday, citing the Chugg Entertainment event.
(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Dan Grebler)