Elvis Costello recovering from cancer surgery

The English musician has canceled several upcoming tour dates as he continues his recovery

Elvis Costello cancer diagnosis, surgery
Elvis Costello, photo by Ben Kaye

    Elvis Costello has revealed he’s recovering from cancer surgery.

    According to the BBC, the 63-year-old musician underwent surgery in May to remove a “small but very aggressive” tumor. “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…,” Costello said in an official statement posted to his website.

    Costello initially chose not to go public with the diagnosis and surgery news, and also decided to forge on with a number of his June concerts. However, the toll of the procedure eventually made Costello reconsider the rest of his summer tour plans.

    “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,” Costello explained. “It was impossible to judge how this advisory would line up with the demands on a travelling musician, playing 90-minute to two-hour plus performances on a nightly basis but by the time we reached the Edinburgh Playhouse [on 24 June], I was almost fooled into thinking that normal service had been resumed.”


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    “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,” he added. “Therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour.”

    July shows in Croatia, Austria, and Sweden have been affected. As of now, it appears his Riot Fest appearance and North American tour, which kicks off in early November, will still go on as planned. That trek lines up with Costello’s 31st studio album — and first with The Imposters since 2008’s Momofuku — that’s slated for release in October, per the BBC.

    Check out his updated itinerary below, followed by a pair of tracks off Momofuku.

    Elvis Costello 2018 Tour Dates:
    07/06 – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl
    07/08 – Pula, HR @ Pula Arena
    07/09 – Graz, AT @ Kasematten
    07/11 – Vienna, AT @ Konzerthaus
    07/14 – Tysnes, NO @ Tysnesfest
    07/16 – Rattvik, DE @ Dalhalla

    09/14-16 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
    11/02 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    11/04 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
    11/06 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
    11/07 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino
    11/09 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
    11/10 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
    11/11 – Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Performing Arts Center
    11/13 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
    11/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
    11/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
    11/19 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
    11/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
    11/23 – Thackerville, OK @ WinStar World Casino
    11/25 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
    11/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
    11/28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
    11/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
    12/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
    12/03 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
    12/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre


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