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    Elvis Costello cancels European tour dates after cancer surgery

    NO COMMERCIAL SALES EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by JuanJo Martin/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9724371b) Elvis Costelo English musician Elvis Costello in concert in Madrid, Spain - 22 Jun 2018 English musician Elvis Costelo (C) and The Imposters band perform on stage during a concert held as part of Noches del Botanico (Nights of botanical Garden) festival in Madrid, Spain, late 21 June 2018, (issued 22 June 2018).
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    English musician Elvis Costello in concert in Madrid, Spain on June 22, 2018. Costello announced Friday, July 6, that he will cancel the rest of his European summer tour after undergoing cancer surgery.

    LONDON — Elvis Costello has canceled the rest of his European summer tour after undergoing surgery for a ‘‘small but very aggressive’’ cancerous tumor.

    The post-punk singer-songwriter says he needs time to recover after the operation.

    The 63-year-old musician said in a statement Friday that he initially thought ‘‘normal service had been resumed’’ but now realized he needed more rest. He said ‘‘therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour.’’

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    He vowed to ‘‘return at the soonest opportunity.’’

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    The canceled concerts were in Britain, Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden. Costello and his band The Imposters are scheduled to play the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Nov. 10.

    Costello, whose hits include ‘‘Alison,’’ ‘‘Oliver’s Army,’’ “Pump It Up,” and many others, urged men to go to their doctors if they had symptoms they were worried about.