Michael Bolton has revealed that he recently underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor, and has subsequently cancelled his foreseeable tour dates.
The singer posted on Instagram that he learned of the tumor at the end of the year, requiring him to take instant action. “Just before the holidays, it was discovered that I had a brain tumor, which required immediate surgery,” he wrote. “Thanks to my incredible medical team, the surgery was a success. I am now recuperating at home and surrounded by the tremendous love and support of my family.”
Bolton, 70, was scheduled to head out on the road at the beginning of February, with international dates planned throughout the year. But he says that he needs time to recuperate from the surgery, with hopes that he’ll improve to resume live performances.
“For the next couple of months, I will be devoting my time and energy to my recovery which means I’ll have to take a temporary break from touring,” he said. “It is always the hardest thing for me to ever disappoint my fans or postpone a show, but have no doubt I am working hard to accelerate my recovery and get back to performing soon. I am beyond grateful for all the love and support you have so generously shown me through the years. Know that I’m keeping your positive messages in my heart, and I’ll give you more updates as soon as I can.”
Throughout his career, Bolton has sold over 65 million records worldwide and accrued nine respective number-one singles and top ten albums. Last July, he released “Spark of Light,” his first album of original music that he had co-written in almost 15 years. Outside of music, he competed on “The Masked Singer” in both 2021 and 2023, and last year he made a guest appearance on two episodes of “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens.”