Elton John postpones tour due to appendicitis

Elton John has been unexpectedly sidelined in the midst of a summer run, postponing five European shows so he can recover from an appendix abscess. // Tour dates at SoundSpike

Elton John has been unexpectedly sidelined in the midst of a summer run, postponing five European shows so he can recover from an appendix abscess.

The iconic 66-year-old musician reportedly performed several European concerts despite the pain, assuming it was food poisoning before receiving the dangerous diagnosis.

"I was a ticking time bomb," John told U.K.'s The Sun on Wednesday (7/12). "I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky to be alive."

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Five shows through the end of August have been postponed, as John is expected to have surgery in the coming weeks, according to a post at his website.

John's spokesman announced his intention to return to the stage beginning in early September, assuming all goes well.

John is slated to release his next studio effort, "The Diving Board," Sept. 16 via Capitol Records. The forthcoming 15-track set will be his 30th solo collection and comes seven years after his most recent release, "The Captain & the Kid."

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July 2013
12 - London, United Kingdom - Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival (POSTPONED)

August 2013
11 - Dresden, Germany - Theaterplatz (POSTPONED)
17 - Lorrach, Germany - Stimmen Festival (POSTPONED)
21 - Regensburg, Germany - Schlossfestspiele Thurn & Taxis (POSTPONED)
23 - Carcassonne, France - Theatre Jean-Deschamps (POSTPONED)

September 2013
4 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Leeds Arena
5 - Berlin, Germany - Waldbuhne
7 - Magdeburg, Germany - Domplatz
8 - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom - Bestival
12 - London, United Kingdom - iTunes Festival
18, 19 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
21 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
24, 25 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
27, 28 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

October 2013
1, 2 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
5, 6 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9, 10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

December 2013
6 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus City Hall
7 - Kazan, Russia - Tatneft Arena
9-11 - Paris, France - Olympia
13 - Ovik, Sweden - Friends Arena
14 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum Arena
16 - Brussels, Belgium - Palais 12
18 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena

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