ELTON JOHN: Superstar in and out of intensive care and is now off the road
Elton John has put his Las Vegas Million Dollar Piano residency dates for April and May on ice, as well as a show in Bakersfield, California, for medical reasons.
His spokesman says, "During a recent successful tour of South America, Elton contracted a harmful and unusual bacterial infection. During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill. Upon returning to the U.K., Elton's doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection. After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from the hospital on Saturday, April 22nd and is now comfortably resting at home per doctor’s advice. Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly. Thankfully, Elton's medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery. Elton will be returning to his schedule of live performances in Twickenham, England on Saturday, June 3rd."
And Elton adds, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans, and apologize for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."
JOURNEY: Is Neal Schon ready to make nice with Steve Perry?
Journey guitarist Neal Schon sounds like he'd like to mend some fences.
He received the following tweet: "I hope you and Steve Perry can record music together again. That kind of partnership is a once-in-a-lifetime fit. Timeless." And he responded, "I really miss Steve and the creative thing that happens every time we ever got together from the beginning. Hopeful."
It wasn't exactly what he is hopeful for, but when Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, he told us that Perry had suggested they get together for a cup of coffee.
This year's ceremony airs on HBO this Saturday night at 7pm.
BANANRAMA: Reunion tour and possibly a new single in the works for the 80's girl band
Bananarama have announced a reunion.
The British trio of Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward rocked American radio with the '80s hits "Cruel Summer," "I Heard a Rumor" and a dance-beat remake of Shocking Blue's "Venus."
So far, they've announced 15 U.K. dates beginning November 12th in Glasgow, Scotland. No word yet on any North American plans.
29 years after quitting, Siobhan Fahey tells BBC radio, "I was really touched because it wasn't for any other reason than we love each other and really loved what we did... I never thought it would happen again."
With Siobhan back in the fold, all three women are now pictured atop the the Bananarama Twitter page.
And there could be new music as well -- Woodward says that while "the tour is the main thing," all three have discussed "doing a single together."
Dallin and Woodward played a few U.S. shows -- including the Hard Rock Cafe in New York -- in the fall of 2012.