Elton John shifts second show on doctor's orders

Elton John. Photo: Reuters
Elton John. Photo: Reuters
Sir Elton John has moved tomorrow's Mt Smart Stadium show to Wednesday on doctor's orders.

The music legend was forced to cut last night's concert short, leaving the stage about two thirds of the way through, after contracting "walking pneumonia" and losing his voice.

A statement issued earlier today said that, as of this morning, the remaining shows, originally scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday would go on: "He is resting today, and doctors are confident he will recover."

A new statement, issued about 4pm, said the second gig would be delayed so John has an extra day of recovery on his current medication.

"I'm looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Mt Smart Stadium," he told his fans.

All Tuesday tickets remain valid for Wednesday. All concert details, including transport, remain the same.

The latest statement said Tuesday ticketholders unable to attend on Wednesday should contact Ticketmaster to request a refund. Limited tickets are still available for Thursday's show.

John, 72, broke down in tears last night when he realised he couldn't complete his set.

"I'm sorry, so very sorry," he told the Mt Smart crowd.

The superstar, who earlier needed medical assistance while on stage, had to be assisted from the stage after attempting to launch into Daniel, but having no voice left.

The song was number 16 in a 25-strong playlist. Herald concert reviewer Karl Puschmann said John's voice remained powerful during his early songs — until he spoke.

John later reached out to fans on social media saying he was "disappointed and deeply upset" that he couldn't complete his show.

Sir Elton's promoter has confirmed there won't be refunds for disappointed fans after the music legend's show was cut short.

Michael Chugg told Newstalk ZB's Heather du Plessis-Allan the singer played over two hours, so there won't be refunds offered.

Air New Zealand said in a statement today it had introduced special fare flexibility following the rescheduling of the Tuesday concert to Wednesday night.

"As a gesture of goodwill, Air New Zealand is offering customers affected by this change the opportunity to defer travel plans by one day without cost by calling its contact centre. The airline will waive any service fees or fare difference associated with moving the booking.

"Customers who no longer wish to travel can also choose to the hold the value of their fare in credit for up to 12 months. Service fees will be waived but any fare difference will apply," it said.

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