Charles Bradley forced to cancel SOS Fest performance as cancer returns

Charles Bradley, the screaming eagle of soul whose late career breakout success has been a wonder and an inspiration to thousands of fans, is facing another set back. Bradley’s appearance at Sound on Sound Fest this year was supposed to be a makeup date from 2016,  when a stomach cancer diagnosis forced him to cancel all his fall tour dates.

Charles Bradley at SXSW 2015. Photo by Jay Janner.

He returned to the road this spring, but according to a post on his official Facebook page, “He began to feel run down during recent tour dates and learned that his cancer spread to his liver, though hasn’t returned to his stomach.”

Bradley has canceled all tour dates while he takes time off “to focus on treatment and recovery.”

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The post included a message from Bradley to his fans: “”I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true. When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”

“We’re so very sorry to hear the news today about Charles Bradley and his continued battle with cancer. We’re hoping for a fast recovery for Charles again, and look forward to his return to the stage,” SOS Fest organizers said in a statement.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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