Elton John was scheduled to perform at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Friday and Saturday nights, February 17-18, but had to cancel due to food poisoning.
Elton fell ill on Friday, and cancelled both weekend concerts, apologizing on his official website to ticketholders for the inconvenience caused.
Elton’s management team refuted rumors that he attended Whitney Houston‘s funeral on Saturday, saying, “This is completely untrue. The only reason Elton did not play his concerts over the weekend is because he was too ill.”
He’s doing “much better now,” according to his rep, and is forging ahead to his next concert later this week in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Elton paid tribute to Whitney Houston during his Vegas show Sunday, February 12, dedicating “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” to the late songstress.
“All I want to talk about is her music,” Elton told the audience. “You forget, with all the troubles that she went through, how incredibly brilliant this woman was. She could sing Porgy and Bess, she could sing gospel, she could sing I Will Always Love You and make you cry, and she was the most beautiful woman I think I’ve ever seen. She was incredible. So, my dearest, gorgeous, lovely angel, we want to do this song for you. Thank you for giving us your talent and one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Watch Elton John’s tribute to Whitney Houston below.