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Elton John cancels Vegas shows
Elton John. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Sayles.

Elton John has cancelled three Las Vegas performances on doctors' orders after being hospitalised with a respiratory infection.

Officials with Caesars Entertainment say the Thursday, Saturday and Sunday performances of The Million Dollar Piano are being cancelled.

Show officials say Elton John came down with the infection last weekend and was admitted on Wednesday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was later released.

Doctors have recommended he not perform for a week and take antibiotics.

The singer says in a statement that he's sorry he can't be with his fans at The Colosseum.

The Million Dollar Piano launched in September for a three-year run and features the singer's classic songs.