By Jeff Labrecque
May 24, 2012 at 04:43 PM EDT
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Elton John canceled three weekend Las Vegas performances after being hospitalized with a serious respiratory infection. The singer originally developed the illness while performing at Caesar’s Palace last Sunday, but his condition worsened, forcing him to check in to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles yesterday morning for tests. Doctors recommended he rest and not perform for seven days, forcing him to cancel tonight’s Million Dollar Piano show, as well as Saturday and Sunday’s planned performances.

“It feels strange not to be able to perform these Million Dollar Piano concerts at The Colosseum,” said John, in a statement. “I love performing this show and I will be thrilled when we return to The Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts soon to be scheduled. All I can say to the fans is sorry I can’t be with you. I hope to see you soon at this wonderful theatre at Caesars Palace.”

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