Paris (AFP)

Elton John, 74, will undergo hip surgery, postponing his concerts in Paris from October 2021 to June 2023 and will resume his farewell tour in January 2022 in New Orleans, he said on Thursday.

“At the end of my summer vacation, I had an unfortunate fall and have since suffered from considerable pain and discomfort in my hip,” explains the megastar in a press release. Despite intensive rehabilitation and treatment specialist, the pain kept getting worse and it was more and more difficult for me to move around ".

"I was advised to undergo the operation as quickly as possible in order to regain my peak form and to ensure that there would be no long-term complications", continues the interpreter of "Candle In The Wind ".

This surgical intervention should allow him "to resume the tour in January 2022 in New Orleans".

The singer, also known for "I'm Still Standing" or "Your Song", however, maintains his participation in the Parisian stage of the Global Citizen charity concert on September 25, 2021. "It is only five songs, it is physical work very different from that which consists of playing for almost three hours each evening on tour and traveling at night from country to country ".

“I know how patient my amazing fans have been since the Covid caused the tour to be halted last year, and it breaks my heart to make you wait any longer. I promise you this: the shows will resume. next year, ”concludes the star.

His concerts scheduled for October 10, 12 and 13, 2021 at the Accor Arena in Paris, are therefore postponed to June 25, 27 and 28, 2023.

The singer had started his farewell tour, dubbed "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" in 2018, planning more than 300 dates in three years across the world before it was disrupted by the health context linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

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