Elvis Costello Cancels Tour Dates Following Cancer Treatment

Elvis Costello has been on tour in Europe this summer, but announced today that he would have to cut the tour short following a cancer treatment and recovery that is taking longer than he had planned.

On Costello’s website earlier today, he wrote that he had been cleared six weeks ago of a “very aggressive cancerous malignancy.” Having been told by his doctor that he’d need three to four weeks’ worth of rest, Costello was confident that he could still perform and stand up to the rigors of the road.

“I almost fooled myself into thinking that normal service had been resumed,” Costello wrote. “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.”

The cancellations will affect upcoming shows in the UK, Austria, Croatia, Norway, and Sweden. A fall U.S. tour—set to begin November 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania—is still scheduled to take place as planned.

While Costello didn’t mention the specific kind of cancer he had, he made sure to include this advice for his male fans:

“Take very good care of your loved ones but Gentlemen, 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."

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