Changes: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, American Idols Live

The new week comes with changes in the touring world.  Announcing she will undergo surgery for cancer, Sharon Jones postpones her album release and 2013 tour.  Meanwhile, organizers scrub the first two weeks of American Idols Lives, rescheduling the date and place for the tour’s kickoff.

Saying she hasn’t “felt good,” Sharon Jones is indefinitely delaying the release of her upcoming album and 2013 tour to undergo surgery for Stage 1 bile-duct cancer.

Jones & The Dap-Kings’ new album – Give The People What They Want – was scheduled for an Aug. 6 release. 

“Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on,” Jones said in a statement posted on the group’s website.  “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 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!”

The group’s 2013 schedule included performances at the July 3; July 4 and the in Louisville July 12.

The itinerary for the tour is a bit lighter.  Saying production rehearsals have been pushed back two weeks, organizers have deep-sixed the first ten cities on the tour.

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"American Idol" finale, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, Calif.

Presented by AEG Live and 19 Entertainment and originally scheduled to open in St. Louis at the Chaifetz Arena June 29, the tour will now begin in Kent, Wash., at the ShoWare Center July 19.  Refunds for the nixed shows are available at points of purchase.