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Elvis Costello Ends European Tour Early to Recover From Cancer Surgery

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Singer Elvis Costello, 63, known for hits such as “She,” “Alison” and “Pump It Up,” canceled the last six shows in his European tour on Friday to recover from cancer surgery.

In an announcement on his website, Costello shared that his specialist told him he had never seen “such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy” that could be taken care of with one surgery.

Costello added that recovery time for his surgery ranges from three to four weeks, but it was impossible to know how his recovery would go since he travels and performs a lot. After beginning the tour, Costello realized he needed more time to recover than initially expected.

“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 said.

Costello said he plans on performing as soon as possible, and teased a new record that may be released in October.

Fans supported Costello and his decision on Twitter.

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Originally published: July 6, 2018
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