"With great sadness," Elton John has announced that he has been forced to reschedule some of his hometown Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates due to "considerable pain" he's currently enduring after suffering an injury to his hip.
In a statement posted to all of his social media channels on Thursday, September 16, Elton says, "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. Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving." Elton went on to explain that he has been advised to take care of the injury with surgery, "as soon as possible," and will subsequently undergo "intensive physiotherapy that will ensure a full recovery and a return to full mobility without pain."
He adds, "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."
Elton, whose new album The Lockdown Sessions is set for release on October 22, explained earlier this year how he had been putting