83-year-old Andy Williams, who had been away from performing for months, received standing ovation when he appeared at the Moon River theatre in Branson, Missouri, on Saturday night, as reported by The Guardian
. The organizers of his show had earlier notified the audience that the singer might not be able to perform at the annual Christmas show named after him. Williams told his audience, “I do have bladder cancer.” But he added that cancer patients are “kicking it”, earning money, and he will be one of them.
The BBC News
quoted Williams telling his audience at the theater that having cancer was no longer a death sentence. He told that he was going to do the shows he had planned. Williams then performed the all-time Christmas hit Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire for his fans, saying he’d celebrate the 75th anniversary of his singing career in 2012.
As he later shared with media
, Williams is under treatment for cancer. The Province
informs that Williams refused to undergo surgery for a polyp on his vocal chords discovered in 1999. He chose to keep himself from singing as well as restricting general speech for some 10 months, until the polyp disappeared without any treatment; however, he had to cancel over 100 shows at his theater due to the condition.