Elvis Costello Cancels Tour Due to Medical Reasons

It terrible news today, Elvis Costello has had to cancel the remaining six dates of his European tour because of a malignant tumour.

Costello had to cancel the dates on doctor’s orders. His personal doctor told him he should “take a break from his current tour itinerary and rest,” this advice comes off the back of a recent surgery to address his illness.

Through his representatives, Costello issued the following heartfelt statement: “I have to thank our friends attending last night’s show in Amsterdam and those in Antwerp, Glynde and at Newcastle City Hall for bearing me up.” Adding: “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.”

The music legend was set to perform at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester last night and was set to wrap up this current tour on July 16th in Sweden. Ticket holders are being advised to contact their point of purchase for refunds.

This is Costello’s full statement below:

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. 

It was impossible to judge how this advisory would line up with the demands on a traveling musician, playing 90-minute to 2-hour plus performances on a nightly basis but by the time we reached the Edinburgh Playhouse, I was almost fooled into thinking that normal service had been resumed. 

I have to thank our friends attending last night’s show in Amsterdam and those in Antwerp, Glynde and at Newcastle City Hall for bearing me up. 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. 

My apologies go to our ticket holders in Manchester, Pula, Graz, Vienna, Tysnes and Rattvik but I would rather disappoint our friends there by not appearing than in pressing on with a show that is compromised and eventually puts my health at risk.

My deep thanks go to Pete Thomas, Steve Nieve and Davey Faragher of The Imposters for all their deep friendship, love and support during this upsetting time. Thanks also to Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee whose beautiful voices have spurred me on to do the singing that I’ve managed, whatever the cost. It goes without saying that there are many others who have worked to get us to the stage and from town to town to whom I am also deeply grateful.

To leave you with some more optimistic news, The Imposters and I – together with several of our other friends – have made a magnificent new record of which we are truly proud. It will be issued in October, I believe. We will return at the soonest opportunity to play that music and your favourite songs that still make sense to us all.

Take very good care of your loved ones but Gentleman, do talk to you 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.

Yours through music. Elvis Costello.

Cancelled tour dates:

06 Jul: Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, UK
08 Jul: Pula Arena, Pula, Croatia
09 Jul:  Kasematten-Schlossberguhne, Graz, Austria
11 Jul: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
14 Jul: Tysnesfest Gjesrstad Arena, Tysnes, Norway
16 Jul: Dalhalla, Rattvik, Sweden

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