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Bacterial infection forces Elton John to cancel May shows

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/24/2017
FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an “unusual” bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights. The 70-year-old performer is expected to make a full recovery and hopes to return to a stage in Twickenham, England on June 3. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an “unusual” bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights. The 70-year-old performer is expected to make a full recovery and hopes to return to a stage in Twickenham, England on June 3. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights.

John is scrapping all upcoming April and May dates of "The Million Dollar Piano" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, as well as performance on May 6 in Bakersfield, California.

The "Rocket Man" and "Daniel" singer says in a statement that he became "violently ill" on a flight to the United Kingdom from Chile and "underwent immediate treatment" at a hospital, where he was released on Saturday.

The 70-year-old performer is expected to make a full recovery and hopes to return to a stage in Twickenham, England, on June 3.

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