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Cancer postpones Crow concert
Cancer postpones Crow concert

Sheryl Crow underwent surgery for breast cancer earlier this week, forcing her to postpone a concert tour that included a March 31 performance to open the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

The prognosis for a full recovery is excellent, her publicist reported Friday.

The singer-songwriter had the surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday and is recovering without complications, said Dave Tomberlin, her publicist.

"Her doctors think her prognosis is excellent," Tomberlin said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her," said Mike Nelson, general manager of the coliseum. "We hope everything goes well with her."

"We're disappointed this happened," Nelson said Friday night. "We're looking at possibly another event for that (opening) night."

More than 3,000 tickets had been sold already for the 5,000 seats available.

Hopes to reschedule soon

In a statement posted on her Web site, Crow said she would have to postpone a North American concert tour that was scheduled to begin in March. She said she hoped to reschedule the dates as soon as possible.

Nelson said ticket holders can hold on to their tickets.

"If they want a refund, they can do that as well," he said. Refunds will be available through the coliseum office. The number is (309) 434-2843. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but callers can leave a message after hours.

Nelson said the show could be rescheduled for May, June or July. Coliseum officials learned of the postponement Friday evening via e-mail from the concert promoter, he said.

Crow called the surgery "minimally invasive" and said she will be undergoing radiation treatment as a precaution.

"Approximately one in seven American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and more than 2 million Americans are living with breast cancer today," Crow said. "I am joining the more than 200,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year."

She said she benefited from early detection, and urged other women to have themselves checked.

"More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer," Crow said. "I am inspired by the brave women who have faced this battle before me and grateful for the support of family and friends."

Crow's former fiance, cycling champion Lance Armstrong, said in a statement released Friday night that he was devastated to learn the news.

"Once again I'm reminded of just how pervasive this illness is, as it has now touched someone I love deeply," said Armstrong, who is a survivor of testicular cancer.

"Based on my contact in recent days with Sheryl, her doctor and her family, I am confident that she will have a full and complete recovery and the world will be a better place for it," said Armstrong, who asked that Crow's fans keep her "in your thoughts and prayers."

Crow, 44, and Armstrong, 34, announced earlier this month they were splitting up. Crow has said her most recent album, the Grammy-nominated "Wildflower," was inspired by their relationship.

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