Elvis Costello has been forced to cancel the remaining six dates on his European summer tour on doctor's orders following surgery to remove what the 63 year-old singer described as a small but "very aggressive cancerous malignancy." Six weeks after undergoing a procedure -- the location of the tumor was not specified -- Costello revealed that post-surgery guidelines recommend three to four weeks of recovery.
In an apology to fans, Costello wrote, "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. 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."
The canceled dates include already scotched UK gigs on June 27 and 28th, as well as upcoming shows on July 6 (Manchester, England), July 8 (Croatia), July 9 and 11 (Austria), July 14 (Norway) and July 16 (Sweden).