Pogues guitarist Chevron has cancer

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TORONTO -- Legendary Irish band the Pogues will tour North America in the 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 "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 reads. "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 presale happening Tuesday. The tour begins in Seattle on Oct. 17, with visits to San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Las Vegas also planned.

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