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Elton John cancels shows after contracting ‘potentially deadly’ infection

the singer is expected to return to the stage on June 3

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Elton John canceled a string of upcoming concerts after falling ill from a “potentially deadly” infection.

Billboard reports the canceled performances were the remaining shows for his “Million Dollar Piano” show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and a performance in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 6.

According to a statement from a representative of John’s, the 70-year-old singer contracted an infection and became “violently ill” on his return flight from Santiago, Chile. He was admitted into a hospital in the U.K. and after two nights in intensive care was released.

“Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully,” the statement continued. “He is expected to make a full and complete recovery.”

On Tuesday, John tweeted thanks for his fans’ well wishes.

“Woke up to an avalanche of well wishes. Thanks to everyone for reaching out. I’m resting well and looking forward to getting back on tour,” John tweeted.

John will resume touring for his concert in Twickenham, England on June 3.

 

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PHOTOS: Capital Pride Festival and Concert

Keke Palmer, Billy Porter among entertainers

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Billy Porter performs at the 2024 Capital Pride Festival on Sunday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 Capital Pride Festival and Concert was held along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Sunday, June 9. Performers included Sapphira Cristál, Keke Palmer, Ava Max, Billy Porter and Exposé.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Get ready for Baltimore Pride

Events scheduled throughout weekend

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Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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New film festival to spotlight LGBTQ docs

DC/DOX held in theaters throughout city

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DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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