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John Prine Has Operable Lung Cancer

Singer-songwriter announces makeup dates for concerts he will miss as he undergoes surgery

John Prine performs in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
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November 22, 2013 2:55 PM ET

Singer-songwriter John Prine announced on his website yesterday that he has an operable form of cancer, "non-small cell carcinoma," on his lung. His Nashville-based doctors caught it early: "They see no reason why I won't fully recover," he said. Prine also underscored that this episode is unrelated to the cancer he beat in 1997, when doctors discovered a growth on his neck.

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Earlier this month, the 67-year-old postponed two concerts; because of the diagnosis, he will have to reschedule more. "There's nothing I hate more than canceling shows," he said. Prine intends to play his December 6th concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, and December 7th gig in Charlotte, North Carolina, as scheduled. To plan around his surgery and recuperation time, though, he has to move his two Louisville performances to February 28th and March 1st. His Madison, Wisconsin show will take place on March 15th. The Green Bay makeup date has yet to be announced. Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new shows.

"For me, there's nothing like performing," Prine said. "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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