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Elton John performs during the first night of Sanremo Italian Song's Festival at the Ariston theater in Sanremo on February 9, 2016. (Shutterstock/Andrea Raffin)
Singer Elton John has abruptly postponed several shows in Florida, the United States.
The shows are part of the singer’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which will last an entire year until September next year. It is said to be John’s final concerts before he retires from the road.
The "I’m Still Standing" singer was scheduled to perform at Orlando's Amway Center on Nov. 27, but the crowd was belatedly informed of the cancellation half an hour after showtime.
The Amway Center shared the news through its official Twitter account: "The rescheduled Orlando date will be announced in the near future so please hold onto your tickets."
We're sorry to announce that due to an ear infection, Elton John is unable to perform tonight. The rescheduled Orlando date will be announced in the near future so please hold onto your tickets. pic.twitter.com/fZRVH1tVyu— Amway Center (@AmwayCenter) November 28, 2018
John’s representative Fran Curtis confirmed the reason as “an ear infection” to USA Today This confirmation quickly dispelled media speculation of a bomb threat as the reason for the cancellation.
"Any speculation or claims of a bomb threat are false and completely unfounded," City of Orlando marketing manager Tanya Bowley stressed to USA Today.
Wednesday's sold out show at the Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida was also canceled for the same reason. The arena said through its Twitter account that a rescheduled date will be determined later.
Due to an ear infection and doctor’s orders, the 11/28 @eltonofficial Tampa show is being POSTPONED to a date to be determined.— Amalie Arena (@AmalieArena) November 28, 2018
All tix for the original date are valid for the rescheduled date. If a guest cannot attend the new date, refunds are available at point of purchase. pic.twitter.com/fkjAXOpnKc
The news was met with a mixed reaction from fans on Twitter. User @CaptainPainway expressed disappointment while wishing the singer a quick recovery. Meanwhile, user @SuziBrady1982 shared a picture of her son crying after learning the “devastating” news. (iru/kes)
Taken 5 minutes apart. Elton John's #FarewellYellowBrickRoad show cancelled. We were all sitting and waiting for 1/2 hour. As someone who also went home from work early sick, I hope he feels better, but dang. pic.twitter.com/NANHz3GhRi— Mary Knize (@CaptainPainway) November 28, 2018
#eltonfarewelltour #EltonJohn I can’t believe you canceled an 8pm concert at 8.25pm. No-one could have called that earlier? Seriously? Unbelievable. My 8 year old mega fan is devastated. pic.twitter.com/sXomyYcVYH— Suzi Brady (@SuziBrady1982) November 28, 2018
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