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Prine battles lung cancer, expects full recovery

Friday, November 22, 2013 – John Prine said on Thursday that he is being treated for lung cancer and expects to make a full recovery.

"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."

"This is a different form of cancer, unrelated to what I had in 1997," he said.

Prine postponed two concerts due to illness earlier this month. After further consultation with his doctors, he will have to also reschedule another two appearances.

"There's nothing I hate more than canceling shows," said Prine, who wants his fans to know that all dates will be honored.

Prine will play on Dec. 6 concert in Greensboro, N.C. and Dec. 7 show Charlotte as scheduled.

Prine's pending surgery and recuperation will move his Louisville performances at the Brown Theatre from Dec. 13 to Feb. 28, while the Dec. 14 show will now take place on March 1. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new performance dates.

The previously postponed Nov. 9 Madison, Wisc. show is now March 15, and the Nov. 8 Green Bay date will take place at a later date in 2014.

"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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