Elvis Costello Cancels Tour Due To "Aggressive Cancer" Surgery

"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"

Elvis Costello has cancelled six of his remaining European tour dates, revealing that he needs to recover from surgery that was to treat "a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy".

In a statement on the 63-year-old singer's official website, Costello apologised to fans who may be disappointed to miss out on the singer, who stated he was saddened that his recovery would impact his tour.

"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."

Costello had to cancel appearances in cities across the U.K, Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden.

Regarding the cancellations, Costello wrote:

"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".

While the singer didn't go into details regarding his cancer, he did say his doctor was optimistic that "he had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy defeated by a single surgery".

Despite not going into further detail regarding his diagnosis or resulting surgery, Costello encouraged his supporters to make sure they're regularly screened.

"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."

Costello also revealed that he and his band The Imposters would be releasing a new album around October promising to return when he has regained his health.

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