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The show won’t go on as Elton cancels gig at the O2

SUPERSTAR Elton John (62) has pulled out of his Dublin concert tomorrow night after suffering a serious bout of flu.

The ‘Rocket Man’ star was due to take centre stage at the O2 this weekend as part of his Red Piano tour.

However, fears for his health were sparked after he cancelled his performance in Liverpool last night, before releasing an official statement saying he couldn't perform in the capital city either as he has the flu.

A statement from the show's promoter, Marshall Arts, said: “Elton continues to be unwell. It is hoped that he will make a speedy recovery.”

A spokesman for the singer added: “He is bitterly disappointed not to be playing Dublin. He had picked Dublin to close the Red Piano worldwide, because of the great warmth of the people and the great concerts he had in the city over many years.

Aiken Promotions are in talks to try and re-schedule the O2 concert for a suitable and available date in December 2009.


These postponements come on the back of a string of performances around the UK being cancelled, including shows at Wembley Arena, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Ticket holders are being advised to retain their tickets with further information due to be released over coming weeks.

Promoters hope to bring the star over for a performance in the capital city in December with discussions underway .

In recent weeks the singer has told of his shock at the sudden death of singer Stephen Gately from natural causes. Elton and his partner David Furnish were responsible for introducing Stephen Gately to Andrew Cowles, and the pair went on to wed in 2006.

In a statement following the Boyzone star’s death, he stated in a glowing tribute: “David [Furnish] and I are stunned by this tragedy.

Stephen was the kindest, gentlest soul.”