Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed the rest of their U.S. concert dates together to allow Joel to recover from an illness. The two were scheduled to play tonight (March 18) at Madison Square Gar

Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed the rest of their U.S. concert dates together to allow Joel to recover from an illness. The two were scheduled to play tonight (March 18) at Madison Square Garden; at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on March 20, 22, 28 and 30; and at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., on April 4, 8, and 11.

Joel's spokesperson said that the "Face to Face" tour shows will be rescheduled in the next day or so. "He's being treated for an inflamed vocal cord and an upper respiratory infection," the spokesperson said. "We expect him to make a 100% complete recovery."

In its early stages, Joel's illness forced the cancellation of a March 11 show in Tampa, Fla. At the time, his tour manager, Max Loubiere, said the performer was suffering from "acute upper respiratory infection and laryngitis," and had been feeling under the weather for several days. At deadline, that show had not yet been rescheduled.

A New York Times review of Friday night's concert at Madison Square Garden suggested that Joel "seemed to have ingested something quite a bit stronger than cough syrup," and described him as rambling and bellowing. The spokesperson declined comment on the review, saying only, "He was sick."


AP LogoCopyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.