Elvis Costello Cancels European Tour Dates

Elvis Costello  is cancelling his remaining tour dates in Europe, he announced on his website.

Costello has recently undergone successful cancer surgery, and is following the advice of his doctor, he explained.

“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto,'” Costello wrote. “He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery.”

“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…would line up with the demands on a traveling musician,” he said.

Costello continued, “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.”

Costello ended on an optimistic note, revealing that his new record with The Imposters will be released Oct. 1.

“We will return at the soonest opportunity to play that music and your favourite songs that still make sense to us all,” he concluded.

The North American dates–included the Nov. 6 show at The Paramount in Asbury Park–are not affected.

Dates Affected

7/6        UK, Manchester, Castlefield Bowl
7/8      CROATIA, Pula, Pula Arena
7/9      AUSTRIA, Graz, Kasematten – Schlossberguhne
7/11     AUSTRIA, Vienna, Konzerthaus
7/14     NORWAY, Tysnes, Tysnesfest Gjesrstad Arena
7/16     SWEDEN, Rattvik, Dalhalla