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Elvis Costello Cancels Shows After Cancer Surgery

by Paul Cashmere on July 7, 2018

in News

Elvis Costello has cancelled his upcoming UK and Euro tour after being diagnosed, then treated, for cancer.

Costello was found to have “an aggressive cancerous malignancy”. He was operated on and had the tumour removed.

In a statement he said:

“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, “You should start
playing the Lotto”. He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very
aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery.

I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead.

Post-surgical guidelines for such surgery, recommend three weeks to four
weeks recovery depending on whether you are returning to a desk job or
an occupation that involves physical work or travel.

It was impossible to judge how this advisory would line up with the
demands on a traveling musician, playing 90-minute to 2-hour plus performances
on a nightly basis but by the time we reached the Edinburgh Playhouse, I was
almost fooled into thinking that normal service had been resumed.

I have to thank our friends attending last night’s show in Amsterdam and
those in Antwerp, Glynde and at Newcastle City Hall for bearing me up.
The spirit has been more than willing but I have to now accept that it is
going to take longer than I would have wished for me to recover my full strength.
Therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour.

My apologies go to our ticket holders in Manchester, Pula, Graz, Vienna,
Tysnes and Rattvik but I would rather disappoint our friends there by
not appearing than in pressing on with a show that is compromised and
eventually puts my health at risk.

My deep thanks go to Pete Thomas, Steve Nieve and Davey Faragher of The
Imposters for all their deep friendship, love and support during this
upsetting time. Thanks also to Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee whose beautiful voices
have spurred me on to do the singing that I’ve managed, whatever the cost. It
goes without saying that there are many others who have worked to get us
to the stage and from town to town to whom I am also deeply grateful.

To leave you with some more optimistic news, The Imposters and I –
together with several of our other friends – have made a magnificent new
record of which we are truly proud. It will be issued in October, I
believe. We will return at the soonest opportunity to play that music
and your favourite songs that still make sense to us all.

Take very good care of your loved ones but Gentleman, do talk to you
friends – you’ll find you are not alone – seek your doctor’s advice if
you are in doubt or when it is timely and act as swiftly as you may in
these matters. It may save your life. Believe me, it is better than
playing roulette.”

Yours through music. Elvis Costello”

Dates Affected
June
Wed 27th UK, Southend, Cliffs Pavilions
Thu 28th UK, Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions

July
Fri 6th UK, Manchester, Castlefield Bowl
Sun 8th CROATIA, Pula, Pula Arena
Mon 9th AUSTRIA, Graz, Kasematten – Schlossberguhne
Weds 11th AUSTRIA, Vienna, Konzerthaus
Sat 14th NORWAY, Tysnes, Tysnesfest Gjesrstad Arena
Mon 16th SWEDEN, Rattvik, Dalhalla

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