John Prine Announces That He Has Lung Cancer

Veteran singer/songwriter John Prine has announced on his website that he has been diagnosed with an "operable" lung cancer.

The is Prine's second go around with the disease although he says that the two incidence are not related. In 1997, he was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer on the right side of his neck for which he had surgery and radiation. That cancer did not return but the treatments did add an extra bit of gravely sound to his voice.

He is postponing current tour dates until the late-Winter.

The posting from his site:
Earlier this month, famed singer/songwriter John Prine postponed two concerts due to illness. After further consultation with his doctors, he will have to also reschedule another two appearances.

“There’s nothing I hate more than canceling shows,” says John Prine, who wants his fans to know that all dates will be honored.

Mr. Prine continues, “I’ve been diagnosed with non-small cell carcinoma of the lung. Doctors here in Nashville have caught it early, and it is operable. They see no reason why I won’t fully recover.”

Prine says, “This is a different form of cancer, unrelated to what I had in 1997.”

John Prine will play the December 6 concert in Greensboro, NC and the December 7 show in Charlotte, NC as scheduled.

Prine’s pending surgery and recuperation will move his Louisville, KY performances at the Brown Theatre from December 13 to February 28, while the December 14 show will now take place on March 1. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new performance dates. The previously-postponed November 9 Madison, WI show is now March 15, and the November 8 Green Bay date will also take place at a later date in 2014.

“For me, there’s nothing like performing”, says John. “I look forward to seeing all my friends and fans in 2014. We have some great cities and venues lined up.”

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