Elton John moves second Auckland show after illness diagnosis

goss 17/02/2020

Update 4pm: Sir Elton John has been advised by doctors to move Mt Smart Stadium concert on Tuesday 18th February to Wednesday 19th February to give Elton an extra day of recovery on his current medication.

In a new statement, Elton said: "I'm looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Mt Smart Stadium."

All Tuesday tickets remain valid for Wednesday's show. All concert details including transport remain the same for Wednesday.

Ticketholders who are unable to attend the Wednesday show are invited to contact Ticketmaster to request a refund. Limited tickets are still available for Elton's show on Thursday.

After cutting his first Mount Smart Stadium show in Auckland short, Elton John has confirmed the rest of his shows will go on as planned, with a change of schedule for his Tuesday night show.

The music legend was forced to stop mid-show on Sunday night after losing his voice. He was diagnosed with 'walking pneumonia' earlier on in the day.

In a statement, a representive for the singer said "Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night."

"He is resting today, and doctors are confident he will recover. At this stage, all remaining shows will go ahead as planned."

After a string of shows across the country, Elton has two shows left in New Zealand - originally set to take place this Tuesday and Thursday in Auckland, but now shifted to Wednesday.

Late on Sunday night the singer took to Instagram to share his frustrations and thank the crowd.

"I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible." he wrote.

"I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had."

"Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton."

Here's to a speedy recovery for Sir Elton and a great last two shows in NZ!