COVID-19: Sir Elton John forced to delay shows after testing positive for coronavirus

25 January 2022, 18:24 | Updated: 26 January 2022, 09:47

Sir Elton John has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to delay parts of his tour in the United States.

The 74-year-old revealed on Instagram he had contracted COVID-19 and would have to reschedule his shows in Dallas.

"It's always a massive disappointment to move shows and I'm so sorry to anyone who's been inconvenienced by this but I want to keep myself and my team safe," he told his followers.

"Fortunately, I'm fully vaccinated and boosted and my symptoms are mild so I'm fully expecting to be able to make the Arkansas shows this weekend."

He finished the message on his Instagram story by thanking fans for their "love and support".

The singer, known for hits like Rocket Man and I'm Still Standing had only just returned to performing after his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was postponed due to the pandemic.

He is expected to play in locations across the US until the end of April.

Then, he will travel to Europe to complete the next leg of his tour, meant to be his last after 50 years on the road.

The shows will climax in July with two special homecoming gigs at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford Football Club, close to where the musician grew up in Pinner.

It comes after Adele postponed the start of her run of shows in Las Vegas because of COVID-related delays.

The Grammy award-winner said her production team had tried "absolutely everything" to pull the show together in time but that it had been "impossible".