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Elton John has announced he recently suffered an injury in a fall, and has postponed numerous UK tour dates as he recovers.
In a statement, he said:
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. 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 program of intensive physiotherapy that will ensure a full recovery and a return to full mobility without pain.
The 22 dates in UK arenas, due to begin with nine nights at London’s O2 Arena on 14 November, will now kick off in April 2023.
Elton, 74, will still perform at Global Citizen Live, a charity event taking place across multiple cities on 25 September, for which he will play five songs.
He added: “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.”
The postponements extend a tour that Elton has said is his final ever. It was announced in 2018, and set to end in December 2020, but the pandemic ensured that a long stretch of shows were postponed. Elton recently added 31 further stadium dates across the US, Europe and UK for summer 2022.
He will release a new album, The Lockdown Sessions, on 22 October, recorded with stars including Dua Lipa, Stevie Wonder, Lil Nas X and Stevie Nicks either remotely or with social distancing during the pandemic.