November 5, 2009 / 9:35 PM / 10 years ago

Elton John leaves hospital, back on stage Nov 14

British singer Elton John performs during a concert as part of his "The Red Piano" tour at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona October 20, 2009 REUTERS/Marti Fradera

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - British singer Elton John left hospital on Thursday after being treated for a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza that forced him to cancel a string of concerts, his representative said on Thursday.

Spokesman Gary Farrow said the pop star known for hits including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man” was “fine”, and he planned to join singer/songwriter Billy Joel on stage on November 14.

John, 62, was forced to postpone five gigs in England and Ireland starting with an October 23 date in Sheffield, and he also pulled out of three U.S. concerts scheduled for November 4, 7 and 10, at which he was to appear with Joel.

Reporting by Mike Collette-White; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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