Elton John postpones Yellow Brick Road tour after injuring himself in fall (Image: Getty Images)
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Sir Elton John has shared his sadness after being forced to postpone his farewell tour after injuring himself in a fall.
He's told fans that the upcoming European and UK tour dates of his 2021 Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour have been rescheduled to 2023.
The musician, 74, said in a statement: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am forced to reschedule the 2021 dates of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Europe and the UK to 2023.
"At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since. Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving."
He added: "I have been advised to have an operation as soon as possible to get me back to full fitness and make sure there are no long-term complications. I will be undertaking a programme of intensive physiotherapy that will ensure a full recovery and a return to full mobility without pain.
Elton has rescheduled his tour
"I am going to complete the charitable Global Citizen event on 25th September as I don’t want to let a charity down. Being just five songs it’s a very different physical undertaking to the demands of playing for close to three hours every night on tour and travelling overnight between countries. After this I will be having the operation to ensure the tour can get back on the road in January of 2022 in New Orleans.
"I know how patient my incredible fans have been since Covid halted touring last year, and it breaks my heart to keep you waiting any longer. I completely feel your frustrations after the year we’ve had. I promise you this – the shows will return to the road next year and I will make sure they are more than worth the wait.
"Love, Elton x".
Elton's fans were gutted by the news, but sent him their best wishes while hoping for a speedy recovery.
One told him: "Hope they have you back to rocking round the clock in no time Elton"
"wishing you a very speedy recovery," another posted.
While a third wrote: "Get well soon Sir Elton. I think it’s amazing that you are even rescheduling. You’ve earned your retirement and to relax with your beautiful family. Your fans have had more than enough of their share of your time. Peace, happiness and good health to you"
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