NEW YORK (AFP) – Pop icon Elvis Costello revealed on Friday (July 6) that he has been handled for most cancers however expects a full restoration and introduced plans to release his first album in 5 years.
The 63-year-old singer and guitarist, who emerged from London’s post-punk scene by means of erudite songs full of wordplay, mentioned he was cancelling the remaining dates on his European tour this month.
“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 mentioned in an announcement on his web site.
He didn’t specify the kind of most cancers affecting him.
But the singer of hits equivalent to Alison and Veronica mentioned that he wanted three to 4 weeks to get well and had reluctantly concluded, after going forward with preliminary dates, that he shouldn’t be touring.
“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,” he mentioned.
Costello additionally introduced that he had completed a “magnificent new record” together with his back-up band, The Imposters, and unspecified different collaborators which he anticipated to be launched in October.
The album can be his first since 2013’s Wise Up Ghost, on which he labored with the jazz-infused Philadelphia hip-hop ensemble The Roots.
Costello is scheduled to play in September in Chicago at Riot Fest, which focuses on punk and different rock, earlier than a wider North American tour in November.
Costello in 2015 launched a virtually 700-page memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, wherein the singer with nerdy glasses and a niche in his tooth – whose Elvis stage-name was initially a self-deprecating joke – associated his shock over his rise to stardom.