Elvis Costello has canceled the remainder of his European tour to recover from a cancer operation.
The British singer-songwriter, whose real name is Declan Patrick MacManus, said in a statement on his website on Friday that he had to undergo surgery for a “small but very aggressive” cancerous tumor.
The NYTimes reports the 63-year-old said he hoped he would be able to continue with the tour, but needs to take more rest. He said, “I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour.”
The canceled concerts, part of the “Elvis Costello and the Imposters European Tour,” were slated for Britain, Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden; the tour was to end originally on July 16.
Elvis Costello has been forced to cancel the remaining 6 dates of his current European tour on medical grounds. His doctor has strongly advised him to take a break from his current tour itinerary and rest. Please click here for more information - https://t.co/tEqHUo5l5o— Elvis Costello (@ElvisCostello) July 6, 2018
Costello is best known for his post-punk hits from the 1970s, including “Alison,” “Oliver’s Army” and “Watching the Detectives.” His 1999 cover of “She” featured on the soundtrack for the Richard Curtis movie “Notting Hill.”