Elton John has postponed his Yellow Brick Road tour after sustaining an injury

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17 Sep 2021, 06:49

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If you were planning on heading along to any of Sir Elton John’s 2021 tour dates, then you are, very unfortunately, going to have to wait a little longer to see the music legend, as he has been forced to reschedule following a fall that has left him in pain.

In a statement given “with great sadness and a heavy heart”, Elton informed his fans that the upcoming European and UK tour dates of his 2021 Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour have had to be moved 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,” he explained. “Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving."

The statement continues: "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 went on to explain: "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.”

Elton also paid tribute to his supporters in the statement, saying: "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.”

Whilst obviously disappointed at the news, the artist’s fans wished him the best on social media. One said: “Take your time getting better m'dear. Our tickets are still on the shelf and we're looking forward to seeing you when you get back to health. Look after yourself.”

Another added: “Will have had these tickets 5 years by the time this show happens! But would rather wait until you are on top form - all the best for the recovery.”