Singer and songwriter Michael Bolton has revealed that he was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery shortly before Christmas. The 70-year-old said he welcomed 2024 with this unexpected challenge and is currently focused on recovering.
Diagnosis and Surgery
According to reports, Bolton was diagnosed with the tumor sometime around the 2022 Christmas holiday. He underwent surgery shortly thereafter to have it removed.
In a Facebook post on January 5th, 2024, Bolton told fans about his shocking diagnosis:
“I wanted to share that I was recently diagnosed with a potentially life threatening brain tumor that required immediate surgery, which I underwent shortly before the holidays. Though challenging, I’m fortunate to have an incredible team of doctors and appreciate all the prayers and well wishes through this difficult time.”
Further details about the type of tumor and his prognosis have not been made public at this time.
Tour Cancelled for Recovery
The surgery and need for recovery has forced Bolton to take a temporary break from his touring schedule. Several February tour dates opening for country legend Kenny Rogers have been postponed as a result.
In a statement via his representatives, Bolton said:
“I’m so sorry to disappoint my fans, but I promise I’ll be back performing as soon as I can. I can’t wait to get back on the road and share my new music with all of you.”
Bolton assured fans he would reschedule the shows once he has fully recuperated.
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Well Wishes and Support
Fans and fellow musicians have been showing tremendous support for Bolton since news of his diagnosis emerged. Well wishes for a speedy recovery have been pouring in across social media.
Country icon Kenny Rogers took to Twitter saying:
Saddened to hear of my good friend @mbsings diagnosis. Wishing him a quick recovery. Look forward to having him back on stage soon!
Other stars like Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend have also sent supportive messages.
Additionally, the 70’s rocker received praise for being so open about his health struggles. ESPN host Dan LeBatard commented on how Bolton’s candor can help break stigmas around illness:
Much respect to Michael Bolton for publicly sharing his battle with brain cancer. High profile figures openly discussing health issues makes the difficult road ahead less lonely for countless others fighting similar fights.
What’s Next for Bolton
While recovery will be Bolton’s main priority in the coming weeks, he has multiple projects lined up for when he’s ready to work again.
The crooner recently completed work on his first album of original songs in over 15 years titled Symphonic Soul. He has called the collection his “most personal record ever.” The album collaboration with the late legendary arranger David Foster is expected to release in Spring 2024.
He also plans to resume touring as soon as possible. The postponed February shows with Kenny Rogers are likely to be rescheduled for late Spring or early Summer.
Beyond performing, Bolton will serve as a celebrity judge on the next season of NBC’s hit songwriting competition Songland which kicks off in June.
Continuing The Fight
As Bolton takes time to recuperate, he has the support of dedicated fans and friends in the industry behind him. The revealing of his diagnosis has also shed light on the realities of battling brain cancer.
Bolton has not announced if further treatment will be necessary once recovering from surgery. But his positive outlook and commitment to get back entertaining fans proves his fighting spirit remains intact. Over his legendary decades-long career, Bolton has shown rare resilience in reinventing himself. With support and care, he hopes to continue inspiring others with his music for years to come.
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