Sir Elton John health update as he continues farewell tour

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Sir Elton was pictured in a wheelchair looking frail during his Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert performance

Sir Elton John was spotted arriving in a wheelchair at Leipzig Airport in Germany in May, just days before his special appearance for the platinum jubilee.

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The 75-year-old musician was in Germany for two of his shows on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which is scheduled to run until the end of this year. However, due to illness and Covid-19, Sir Elton has had to postpone some of his previous European appearances.

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But he was back in top form at a headlining show at the BST Hyde Park Festival in London last week.

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With more dates on his tour this year and next, here’s everything you need to know about the star’s health.

Elton John plays in Frankfurt (Image: Getty)

What happened to Sir Elton?

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The Rocketman singer arrived at the airport on May 27 on his way home to Nice on the French Riviera.

He was seen getting out of the car before being pushed in a wheelchair by a staff member and surrounded by security guards, dressed in his signature Gucci tracksuit.

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This isn’t the first time the star has been spotted in a wheelchair – in 2019 Elton started using one after spraining his ankle. Back then, the singer opened up about his illness while visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

“Not even a sprained ankle could keep me from seeing one of the most beautiful museums in the world,” said Elton.

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In 1999, Sir Elton was fitted with a pacemaker and told so Rolling Stone: “Thank goodness for the British medical system because I’ve run through every test known to man to find out exactly what’s wrong.”

Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road – The Final Tour”

Why did he postpone his tour?

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Elton John kicked off his farewell tour in September 2018 with dates booked through July 2023.

The Your Song singer said that after nearly 60 years of touring and singing he wants to spend more time with his family: “I’ve been touring since I was 17 in the back of a van. I’ve had the most incredible life, I’ve been so lucky and I’ve loved every minute of it. But I’ve had enough of this applause and I really want…I want to do something different with the rest of my life.”

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The singer had to postpone the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour several times due to the pandemic and various complaints.

On September 16, 2021, Elton released a statement on Twitter, revealing that the tour’s initial postponement was due to a nasty fall at the end of a summer break, which resulted in the star undergoing surgery on his hip in January .

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The star then tested positive for Covid-19 in January 2022, prompting him to cancel his concerts in Dallas, Texas.

What dates does Elton John have on his farewell tour?

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Following his high-profile shows at Jubilee and the BST Hyde Park Festival, Sir Elton has more dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, both this year and next.

He plays two nights at Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford on July 3-4, 2022 before moving to the United States.

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His newly scheduled UK dates for 2023 are:

  • 2 – The O2, London (postponed from Sunday 14 November 2021)
  • 4 – The O2, London (postponed from Tuesday 2nd November 2021)
  • 5 – The O2, London (postponed from Wednesday 3 November 2021)
  • 8 – The O2, London (postponed from Friday 12 November 2021)
  • 9 – The O2, London (postponed from Sunday 7th November 2021)
  • 12 – The O2, London (postponed from Wednesday 17 November 2021)
  • 13 – The O2, London (postponed from Wednesday 10 November 2021)
  • 16 – The O2, London (postponed from Tuesday 9 November 2021)
  • 17 – The O2, London (postponed from Tuesday 16 November 2021)
  • 19 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham (postponed from Sunday 21 November 2021)
  • 22 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (postponed from Saturday 27th November 2021)
  • 23 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (postponed from Sunday 28th November 2021)
  • 31 – AO Arena, Manchester (postponed from Wednesday 1st December 2021)
  • 2 – AO Arena, Manchester (postponed from Friday 19 November 2021)
  • 3 – AO Arena, Manchester (postponed from Sunday 30th October 2021)
  • 6 – First Direct Arena, Leeds (postponed from Friday 5th November 2021)
  • 10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham (postponed from Tuesday 23 November 2021)
  • 11 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham (postponed from Wednesday 24th November 2021)
  • 13 – P&J Live, Aberdeen (postponed from Thursday 9th December 2021)
  • 15 – P&J Live, Aberdeen (postponed from Friday 10th December 2021)
  • 17 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (postponed from Monday 13 December 2021)
  • 18 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (postponed from Tuesday 14 December 2021)

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