The idol of Mexican ranchera music, Vicente Fernandez, returned to the stage to resume his farewell tour following an operation to remove a cancerous tumor of the liver.

In his native Guadalajara, the "Charro of Huentitan" gave his first concert after the operation he underwent late last year, surrounded by an audience that at times moved him to tears.

He said he is in good health and with an urge to sing to the people. "I'm healthy, I came out clean because they took out all the bad cells," he told the media minutes before going onstage.

With a career spanning more than 47 years and dozens of discs, the singer, considered the leading interpreter of mariachi music in Mexico, announced at the beginning of 2012 that he would retire in order to spend more time with his family and to leave his fans with a good image of himself.

During his farewell tour that took him to Europe, South America and the United States, the singer and actor announced he was to undergo surgery for "a little ball" that doctors found in his liver.

His final recital in his native land this Sunday will coincide with his 73rd birthday, which he will celebrate with his family and with fans who have stayed with him throughout his career.

The singer said he will continue the farewell tour with concerts in the United States in March and April, and with appearances in Mexico on dates yet to be announced. EFE