John Prine: Tour Postponement, New Song

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Singer-songwriter John Prine, who was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, has premiered his new song, “Lonesome Friends of Science,” just days after he announced that his scheduled summer 2019 tour dates have been postponed. The three-time Grammy winner and four-time American Music Awards winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in January 2019, is facing a health issue, according to a July 23 statement on his website.

The announcement reads:
“With sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, the Prine family and Oh Boy Records regretfully announce the postponement of the following John Prine Summer tour dates. We are currently working on rescheduling the affected dates and will share updated information as soon as possible—all original tickets will remain valid. Alternatively, refunds are available at original point of purchase.

In consultation with his doctors, John has been advised that he has an elevated risk for a stroke. He will have surgery this week to insert a stent which will remedy the issue.  He looks forward to a full and speedy recovery.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

The Prine family + Oh Boy Records”

The affected dates are:
July 28 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO ( Rescheduled for September 18, 2019)
July 30 – Red Butte Gardens – Salt Lake City, UT
August 2 – Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR
August 4 – Woodland Park Zoo – Seattle,  WA
August 6 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
August 8 – Shaw Amphitheatre – Banff, AB
August 9 – Jack Singer PAC  Calgary, AB
August 11- Edmonton Folk Festival – Edmonton, AB

Prine, 72, was discovered by Kris Kristofferson and signed with Atlantic Records in 1971. He later signed to Asylum Records before launching his own Oh Boy label in 1984. His most popular songs included “Angel From Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Paradise” and “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore.”

Listen to Prine sing “Angel From Montgomery” with Emmylou Harris

Related: Prine is among our list of 200 worthy artists not yet inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame

Watch the video for Prine’s song “Summer’s End”

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