Sharon Jones diagnosed with cancer, cancels tour

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have cancelled their summer tour after announcing that Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer.

Fortunately, the diagnosis was discovered early and the cancer has not spread. According to a press release,  “it is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence”.

The summer trek was scheduled to include two stops in New England with shows scheduled for Rhode Island’s Newport Yachting Center on Saturday, July 6 and New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Sunday, July 7. Refunds for ticket purchases to each of the shows are available at the point of purchase.

“Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on,” explained Jones in a statement. “We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable! I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I’ll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!”

The release of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ sixth album Give the People What They Want has also been postponed from its original release date of August 6.

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