Veritable soul kings and queens Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have had to cancel their upcoming album release and US tour due to health issues. Sharon Jones, who has a vivacious, lively stage presence and is beloved by many, has been diagnosed with first-stage bile duct cancer and has made the decision to pursue her health first. The band has said when things are better for the lovely Ms. Jones, they will release the album and continue with a tour, but for now, recovery is most important. Here's a note from the queen herself:
“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!” —Sharon Jones
Listen to one of our favorites from Sharon Jones, “I Learned the Hard Way”, and let's hope she recovers soon.