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Elton John to slow work schedule after appendicitis scare


Elton John has vowed to slow his touring schedule and cut down his work load so he can spend more time with his family in the aftermath of his terrifying brush with appendicitis this summer.

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The 66-year-old singer axed a number of shows after falling ill while on tour in Europe, and subsequently underwent an operation to remove his appendix. He revealed he risked death by continuing to perform despite the pain he was in, and has now branded the illness a "wake-up call," saying he now wants to spend more time with his partner David Furnish and their two young sons.

Sir Elton tells Britain's Event magazine, "I'm lucky I'm still alive... In a lot of ways this has been a huge wake-up call for me. I mean, what am I doing? I'm 66, I've been through everything from the drugs and the bad behavior and I've actually amazingly got myself into this situation that I've been happy with David for nearly 20 years... We have two boys... (But) I'm living at this ridiculous speed, addicted to touring, addicted to work.

"As soon as I started to recover, I sat down with David and said, 'Things are going to change'... Look at my life, I want to enjoy this... I think I got my tap on the shoulder and things are definitely going to be changing."

Sep 9, 2013 6:32AM
Elton deserves a break.  He's been working practically non-stop since he first appeared on the music scene back in the late 1960s.  And he's surely got enough money, plus royalties coming in, to last him this lifetime and many more.  Enjoy some life.  And let us listen to your upcoming disc of new songs, which you've not released anything from the studio in a long time!!!
Sep 9, 2013 4:50AM
do you have to show pictures of this guy when you do stories on him? YIKES!
Sep 8, 2013 2:49PM
Sir Elton, It is time to slow down and enjoy life, you have done it all. You have a great family, enjoy them, life is too short. Your fame and music will never fade away, it will always be there for you.
Sep 8, 2013 1:47PM
Get well Wishes Sir Elton!!  Hugs to David and the boys..
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