Elton John has responded to reports of him looking “frail” while in a wheelchair during a tour stop in Germany this week, ahead of his pre-recorded performance at Saturday night’s Queen’s Jubilee concert.
“I want to thank all my fans for reaching out to ask about my health, after the tabloids ran a silly story about my ‘looking frail’ in a wheelchair,” the pop icon, 75, shared via Instagram Thursday.
“The true story is that I’m in top health, loving my shows and playing and singing at my very best. I give 100% every night and never want to disappoint, especially after everyone has waited so long to get back to seeing shows. Your response to every show has been phenomenal and I’m loving every minute of it.”
He went on to explain exactly why he was snapped being wheeled through the airport, revealing that, “After another rousing 2.5 hour show, we arrived at Leipzig airport just before curfew, to find part of the airport had closed. It was an extremely long walk to get to the plane, so my team kindly laid on a wheelchair so I could rest my hip after doing the show. That’s all folks.”
Due to his tour schedule, the singer-songwriter won’t be physically present during the Platinum Jubilee.
Dubbed the “Platinum Party At The Palace,” artists including Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran and headliner Diana Ross are all scheduled to perform during the 2-and-a-half hour music spectacular.
The active members of Queen will team up with “American Idol” star Adam Lambert to open the show.
The show-stopping spectacle will feature three stages and 3D projections across the face of the palace and guest appearances by David Attenborough, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Julie Andrews. A special performance from The Royal Ballet will also take place.