Michael Bolton Reveals Brain Tumour Diagnosis & 'Immediate Surgery'

8 January 2024 | 8:47 am | Mary Varvaris

We’re wishing Michael Bolton a speedy and smooth recovery.

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American singer-songwriter Michael Bolton has revealed that before the Christmas holidays, he received a brain tumour diagnosis that required immediate surgery. The Grammy Award-winning singer’s surgery was a success, but he’ll take a “temporary break” from touring as he recovers.

Bolton shared the news on Instagram on Saturday (6 January), where he wrote in a statement:

I want to start by wishing everyone a very happy and healthy new year! I also want to share that 2023 ended up presenting me with some very unexpected challenges. Just before the holidays, it was discovered that I had a brain tumour, which required immediate surgery. 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. For the next couple of months, I will be devoting my time and energy to my recovery which means I'Il have to take a temporary break from touring.

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. Much love always, MB.

We’re wishing Michael Bolton a speedy and smooth recovery.

Bolton’s post received support from fans and peers, including fellow pop-rock balladeer Richard Marx, singer and record producer Debbie Gibson, and more.

Bolton’s shock news arrives a few months after the singer released an album packed with festive classics, Christmas Time.

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Michael Bolton last toured Australia in 2018, taking his greatest hits, including How Can We Be Lovers, When A Man Loves A Woman and Said I Love You… But I Lied to the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth with a full orchestra.

In a live review of his concert at Perth Concert Hall, The Music’s Dan Cribb wrote that Bolton had risen above novelty and nostalgia.

Cribb continued, “Bolton’s back catalogue is as diverse as any, and with decades of hits across numerous genres to pick from, there was never a dull moment, rendering the setlist a perfect snapshot of his career to date, encapsulating his best original work, re-interpretations, humour, charm and more.”