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Heart lead singer Ann Wilson cancels tour after cancer diagnosis

Heart lead singer Ann Wilson cancels tour after cancer diagnosis

Ann Wilson, the 74-year-old lead singer of classic rock band Heart, has revealed that the band has decided to postpone its North American tour after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Wilson, whose powerful voice can be heard on the band’s hits including “These Dreams,” said she is undergoing chemotherapy for an unspecified form of cancer.

“I had surgery to remove something, which turned out to be cancerous. The operation was successful and I feel much better, but my doctors are now advising me to undergo a course of preventive chemotherapy, which I have decided to do,” she said.

Wilson said all remaining dates on the band’s “Royal Flash” tour have been postponed.

“To ticket buyers, I really hope we can hold these concerts. Please know that I plan to return to the stage in 2025. My team is working on these details and we will update you as soon as possible,” she said. “This is just a hiatus. I have a lot to sing.”

“With all due respect, this is the last public statement I wish to make on this matter,” she said.

The band, which includes Wilson’s sister Nancy Wilson, 70, canceled the European leg of its tour in May, saying at the time that Anne had undergone a “routine, time-sensitive medical procedure” that would require a “minimal recovery time” of six weeks.

Heart formed in 1967 in Seattle, Washington, and was originally called The Army but changed its name in 1973. The band went on to have a string of hits, including “All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You,” “Alone,” and “Barracuda.” The band was nominated for four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

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