Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have been forced to postpone their upcoming tour and the release of their fifth studio album due to the lead singer’s recent cancer diagnosis, the band announced today.
As previously reported, the funk/soul band was scheduled to release Give the People What They Want on Aug. 6 and embark on a worldwide tour shortly after but have put their plans on hold to allow for Jones to undergo an “invasive and complex” surgery to remove a tumor on her bile duct.
In a press release, Jones stated that she was “down, but not out,” emphasizing that the tumor was caught early and that she is expected to make a full recovery.
Read Jones’ full statement below:
“Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on. 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!”