Elvis Costello cancels shows to recover from cancer surgery

ELVIS COSTELLO:  Recovering from cancer surgery

Elvis Costello has canceled the last six dates on his European tour to continue his recovery from cancer surgery.

Costello wrote on his website that, “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 explained that the standard recovery time is three to four weeks and that he figured that he wouldn't have to cancel any shows with The Imposters. The tour started on June 15th and Costello said he felt that "normal service" had returned 10 days later. But after Thursday's show in Amsterdam he realized, "I have to now accept that it is going to take longer than I would have wished for me to recover my full strength."

Costello, who didn't reveal any further details about the cancer, concluded, "Take very good care of your loved ones but gentleman, do talk to your 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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