John Prine Diagnosed With Lung Cancer – Postpones Shows


Legendary folk Singer/songwriter John Prine has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Prine says that the cancer is unrelated to the cell cancer on his neck for which he received treatment in the late ’90s.

Fron John Prine’a web site:

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.”

Here’s hoping the best to Prine and his family.

UPDATE: John Prine is taking more time to recover from recent surgery and has to postpone his appearance Wednesday, February 7 in Fort Lauderdale to a later date (to be announced). He also will not appear on the Cayamo Cruise, which departs Miami on Friday, February 7. More here.

17 thoughts on “John Prine Diagnosed With Lung Cancer – Postpones Shows

  1. Fred Haltvick
    November 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    All your friends and fans in Madison are wishing you a full and speedy recovery. The important thing is that you get better, not that you return to performing again too soon

  2. November 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    You have been an artist of my favorites for so many years ….wish you only the best my brother !!!

  3. Jerry
    November 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    My old friend, come on back to Durty Nellies in Palatine when you are up and able.
    May God speed your recovery.

  4. November 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Sir, I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your music and specifically for your relating your life experiences into your songs. I have given “In Spite of Ourselves” to so many people who needed a laugh and got one… and I just know that you have experienced as much of that self-deprecating laughter as you have experienced the anger in living. I’m not going to tell you to keep fighting if you are done the fight — but I am going to say that I am praying for you and for your healing in any direction your life takes you. Thank you for your music.

  5. Daniel W
    November 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm


    Relax and do what you need to do. We’ll still be here when you get back.

  6. Cheryl
    November 25, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I have been listening to you since the 70s You would come to Va Bch.I loved you then and I love you now. I pray you heal quickly. Please come to Eastern Va again soon as you can.

  7. November 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Dear John Prine,
    Love is in the music and in all of us that enjoy listening to you so much. Come back to Chico, Ca. When you feel better.
    In the Living Years,
    Peace & Health
    Lynn Brown

  8. Alan and Marylou Strickland
    November 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Dear Mr. Prine,

    Our prayers are with you and we look forward to seeing you the next time you visit Victoria BC.
    Your are special, your music is special and we wish you a speedy recovery.

    Lots of love from us both.

    Alan and Marylou

  9. November 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, John. You have a lot of fans here in Newfoundland and we hope to see you back here again soon.

  10. Rob Jones
    November 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    We eagerly await your return to touring after a full and speedy recovery. You are a national treasure!

  11. Alice
    November 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    You’re in my prayers. Your songs have gotten me through a rough year of family illness and I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart. Now here is to a speedy recovery!!

  12. November 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    “Without music, life would be a blank to me.” ― Jane Austen
    Thank you for filling my life with your music for so many years. Sending out good thoughts for a fast and comfortable recovery.

  13. November 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Wishing you a full and swift recovery John! | beat it this year and hope you can as well……..

  14. WalterPage
    November 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    John,I want to tell you,you absolutely amaze me because I too had throat cancer in 2010 and treatment that put me in remission really did a number on me.So I know ,and I couldn’t do what you do and Im 13 or 14 years younger.But let me tell you this,I too also had small cell lung cancer in 2012.It was caught very early,just a small nodule on left lung.I had operation,a VOTS procedure,which stands for Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery.I was in hospital 5 days,minimal pain,just 5 small incisions.Not gonna say it was a walk in the park,but no rib spreading,no large incision.I do think if you try to make those dates after ,they are too soon.But you are going to be fine.I am 2 years out in February,and all is great,I am cured and cancer free,and you will be too.I hope this affirms that you will be OK.We love you,God bless,God Speed to you.We will be here when you are ready.Take your time.You are loved man,know that.

  15. Walter Page
    November 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I meant that I had non-small cell lung cancer,same as what you said you have.So it is the same.I feel like we have alot in common,but I wish that our illness wasn’t 2 of them.I also have a Martin guitar and know just about every song you do,and sing along and play as best as I can.You can take a 3 chord simple song and put your signature on it and it becomes a unbelievably great song.I try though.You,John,Are THE MAN.Knock Em Out John!!! If you have ever heard that in Atlanta coming out of the obnoxious fans,it was me.Knock em Out John!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Ann Tye
    November 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

    You music has made me smile for years. Thank You and God Bless.

    November 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    John ,
    Thanks so much for being there all my life . You have always inspired me and my family . We have all taken you on as a brother who just sorta doesn’t come home for supper but a place is always there for you . It wouldn’t surprise us if you walked through the door anytime . Don’t worry about the cancer . You will probably die of dispepsi twenty years from now.
    DC and family and friends too

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