We now know why Elvis Costello canceled several shows which formed off of his European tour.
The “She” singer was due to play in Austria, Croatia, Norway, Sweden, and the UK.
In a Facebook post released on Friday, the 63-year-old revealed the devastating news that he has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
“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,” he said in a statement addressed to fans. “I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead. 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 managed to perform the majority of his shows but has since been forced to acknowledge and take care of his health.
“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.”
We wish him a speedy recovery.