Elvis Costello is in good health, and he was in good spirits when performing on "CBS This Morning." The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appeared on the show Saturday to give music fans an update after his cancer scare, and perform several songs from his current album. You can watch his interview by playing the video above.
Costello had fans worried in July when he canceled the remainder of his European tour after being diagnosed with what he described as "a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy." According to his statement, the singer immediately underwent surgery to deal with the issue but was told by his doctors to ax the final half-dozen dates on his summer tour schedule so that he could recover from the procedure.
But, as he explained Saturday, he's doing "great" now and Elvis Costello & The Imposters are in the middle of their North American tour, which started on Nov. 2.
The tour is in support of the album Look Now, which dropped in October. Costello & The Imposters played three songs from the album - "Suspect My Tears", "Unwanted Number", and "Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter." You can watch all three performances by clicking the song titles.
The latter was a collaboration between Costello and fellow singer-songwriter Carole King, which took two decades to make it onto a record. "I was on tour with Bob Dylan in 1995 and I got to the last show in Dublin," Costello told CBS. "Carole King’s in the band, and we wrote this song."
Listening to Costello's live version, the song is worth the 20-year wait. It's well-written and it's impossible to tell from his vocals that this is a man who had surgery just a few months ago.
Look Now has already reached the top 50 on the Billboard 200. It's Costello's first album since the release of Wise Up Ghost in 2013, and the five-year break shows in the performances on "CBS This Morning." Costello and his band sound amazing, and they're clearly enjoying themselves. It's great news that Costello is in good health and back on the road because he remains one of the best singer-songwriters of this generation.
For more on Elvis Costello, including tickets to his upcoming concerts, visit his artist page at AXS.