Elton John is postponing some upcoming tour dates until 2023 after revealing he was in “considerable pain” from a hip injury.
The “Rocket Man” singer on social networks announced Thursday “with great sadness” that he had been forced to postpone the next 2021 dates of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Europe and the UK to 2023 due to his injury.
“At the end of my summer vacation I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and since then have experienced considerable pain and discomfort in my hip,” John said. “Despite intensive physical therapy and specialized treatment, the pain has continued to worsen and causes increasing difficulty in moving.”
John said he was advised to have an operation “as soon as possible” to avoid any “long-term complications”, and he also planned to undertake an intensive physiotherapy program. He added that he will still be attending a Global Citizen charity event on September 25, as it will be a “very different physical enterprise” than performing on his tour. After that, however, John said he was planning to have surgery so the tour could “hit the road” in New Orleans in January 2022.
John had previously announced that these gigs “would be my last tour dates in North America and Europe”, but that he planned to “come out in the widest possible way”. He explained in 2018 that he decided to withdraw from touring because “my priorities have changed in my life,” noting: “Ten years ago, if you asked me if I would stop touring, I would have said no. But we had children and it changed our lives. ” The tour began in 2018, although John then had to postpone shows due to the pandemic. But he promised Thursday that “the shows will be back on the road next year and I’ll make them well worth the wait.”