John Prine Diagnosed with Lung Cancer, Plans to Tour in 2014

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According to a report by the Associated Press, legendary singer-songwriter John Prine has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The 67-year old released a statement on his website, saying, “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.” The news comes just days after Prine released a big slate of new tour dates in 2014, and, according to his statement, the troubadour is insistent on going forward as planned with all dates, postponing a couple of remaining 2013 shows to 2014. Here’s to a speedy recovery and a prosperous 2014 and beyond!

See the full release from Prine below.

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.”

For full 2014 concert information, please visit John’s official tour page.