Elton John has had to postpone his summer tour following a diagnosis of appendicitis. He had been on his European tour at the time and had performed ten concerts in “agony” before he contacted a doctor. The diagnosis was made after a number of exploratory scans and blood tests.
The singer told The Sun, “I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.”
Elton’s website says that he is on a course of intensive antibiotics and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming weeks after the infection is gone.
A spokesman confirmed that Elton would not be touring again until he had fully recovered not only from the surgery, but from any damage caused by the appendix abscess.
He went on to say, “Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates.
“To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September, 2013.”
Postponed shows include a series of summer festival dates including concerts in Italy, Germany and London’s Hyde Park this week.
He is still due to play the iTunes Festival in London on September 12.
Elton has just started taking pre-orders for his new album, “The Diving Board.” The album was produced by T Bone Burnett and features 15 new songs and will be released in September.
In Elton’s BBC 4 radio interview, he said that the track, “The Diving Board,” reflects on the pitfalls of being a young star in today’s world. He mentioned that the lyric reminds him of Lindsay Lohan.
The official lyric video for the first single from the new album, a ballad, “Home Again, ” is now on youtube. The video features Bernie Taupin’s lyrics as well as footage of Elton playing the song on piano.
The pairing of John and Taupin has been golden. They started writing together in 1967 after they both answered an ad in the New Musical Express by Ray Williams, A & R manager for Liberty Records. Williams gave Elton a stack of lyrics written by Taupin. Elton wrote music for the lyrics and mailed them to Taupin.
Six months after their first meeting, Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to Elton John in honor of two of his Bluesology band mates, Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. In January, 1972, Reggie Dwight legally changed his name to Elton Hercules John.
He now lives in Atlanta with his partner, David Furnish, and two young children.