Elton John has announced he is postponing part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour after he was injured in a fall.
The iconic songwriter said he has to have surgery to repair an injury to his hip, The Associated Press reported. He said he fell on a hard surface this summer.
He had been scheduled to play in Britain and across Europe, this year, followed by shows in the U.S. in 2022. Instead, the European leg of the tour will come in 2023 after the U.S. portion.
In a statement released Thursday on social media, John said that “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,” the AP reported.
The tour had already been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, NME reported.
John will appear at a charity event for Global Citizen scheduled for next week. He said he did not want to let the charity down, NME reported.
“Being just five songs it’s a very different physical undertaking to the demands of playing close to three hours every night on tour and travelling overnight between countries,” John said, according to NME. “After this I will be having the operation to ensure the tour can get back on the road in January 2022 in New Orleans.”
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