Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane has been released from a hospital after undergoing brain surgery, while the group has canceled the remaining dates on its U.S. summer tour, which included a headlining spot at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend.
Earlier this week, the Grammy-winning British folk band said Dwane would have surgery to remove a blood clot on the surface of his brain and that it would push back three other concert dates, adding that there were "no plans to cancel or postpone" additional appearances. In a Facebook post published on Thursday, Mumford & Sons announced that the decision to do so was based on medical advice.
The band's statement reads as follows:
- "It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to a full recovery. The surgery went well, and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress. He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain."
"Today, however, also marks the end of our Summer Stampede Tour. We were hoping to have made it out by Bonnaroo this weekend. But it is with sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of our scheduled performances at both Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals, and our show at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS."
"If we could've we would've, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received."
Jack Johnson replaces Mumford & Sons at Bonnaroo
The Bonnaroo festival takes place in Tennessee between Thursday, June 13 and Sunday, June 16 (check out the full lineup). Mumford & Sons' was supposed to perform on Saturday. Jack Johnson will perform in the group's place.
"I was on my way to Bonnaroo to sit in on a set with my friends ALO last night when we got the call asking if I could possibly help out and cover for Mumford & Sons," the Hawaiian-born folk rock singer-songwriter said in a statement posted on the festival's website on Friday. " I heard the news about Ted Dwane and was happy to know that he was on his way to recovery."
"I called my band and asked if they were up for it," he said. "Long story short -- they are headed this way. I've got a lot of lyrics and chords to relearn by Saturday night. I was here to play the first Bonnaroo and it is a very special festival to my band. We are excited to hit the stage again. Get well Ted!"
Mumford & Sons' canceled concert in Bonner Springs, Kansas was scheduled for June 17. The 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado runs from June 20 to June 23.
"No one is more disappointed than the band to not be playing the 40th Telluride Bluegrass, but the group will be supporting their brother on his return home to London to help him make a full recovery," read a message posted on the event's website. "We're currently looking for options with our programming, but obviously there is only one Mumford & Sons."
The group is still scheduled to perform in the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada, starting at the end of June. The band also has more U.S. gigs scheduled for September.
"On behalf of Ted, and all of us really, we would like to thank everyone for their compassion and support at this time and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can," the band members added in their Facebook post.