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Pogues Guitarist Chevron Diagnosed With Cancer

Legendary Irish band the Pogues will be touring North America later this fall, but without guitarist Philip Chevron. According to the band’s official Web site, Chevron, who wrote the band’s hit “Thousands Are Sailing,” was diagnosed in early June with a strand of “locally advanced” throat cancer.

“This decision to suspend his live work has the complete support of the other Pogues who wish him a good and complete recovery,” a statement on the site says. “Though it is not yet known when Chevron will return to live work, it is hoped that he will again be available towards the end of this year.”

Tickets for the Pogues’ fall West Coast dates go on sale this week, with an Internet pre-sale happening today (July 10). The tour begins in Seattle on Oct. 17m with visits to San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim, Calif., Los Angeles and Las Vegas also planned.

The group also has a handful of U.K. shows on tap in August and September.