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Caesars to Cedars: Sir Elton John still standing after 'serious respiratory infection'

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A "serious respiratory infection" coughed up Sir Elton John in Los Angeles this week to seek treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to a statement on his website.

After undergoing "extensive tests" at the LA-area hospital on Wednesday, John cancelled the final four shows of his first year of "The Million Dollar Piano" performances at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

In keeping with his scheduled 3-year run at Caesars Palace, performances will resume in October, notes the L.A. Times

"All I can say to the fans is sorry I can't be with you," he said in the statement, which noted that his "condition worsened, even with medication and rest" and that the legendary musician was advised by doctors to continue resting while taking a course of antibiotics to "cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage."

John's European summer tour begins in Germany on June 1. Tickets for the canceled Las Vegas shows can be exchanged or refunded, said officials at Caesars Palace. 

We regret that, due to Elton's ill health, the following three Elton John The Million Dollar Piano performances have been cancelled: Thursday, May 24; Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 27. Elton developed a serious respiratory infection last weekend while performing at The Colosseum on Sunday, May 20. This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest, resulting in Elton being hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, where he remained throughout the day for extensive tests. (via EltonJohn.com)

Los Angeles has a long history with the British singer, composer and pianist. His first American concert took place in West Hollywood decades ago.

"No single show did more to cement the Troubadour's star-making power than Elton John's U.S. debut on a summer night in 1970," said music critic Robert Hilburn (whose ecstatic review of that 1970 show set the tone for John's stunning U.S. reception), in a Special to The Times in 2007.