MUMFORD & SONS CANCEL BONNAROO APPEARANCE
JACK JOHNSON TO FILL SATURDAY HEADLINING SLOT
While Mumford & Sons
had previously hoped to still play this weekend's Bonnaroo festival - the band has
just posted to its Facebook
page that they will be unable to perform citing strict medical instructions. The great
news is that the surgery for bassist
Ted Dwane is said to have gone well and his medical team is pleased with his progress.
At time of publishing, Bonnaroo has not announced any official changes to its schedule,
Mumford & Sons was scheduled
to play a two-hour slot from 9:30 to 11:30 - headlining the festival's main stage.
The official word:
BONNAROO & US TOUR NEWS
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.
On behalf of Ted, and all of us really, we would like to thank every one for their
compassion and support at this time
and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can.
Ted, Ben, Marcus and Win
[UPDATE 6/14 6:15 a.m. PT]: Bonnaroo organizers have announced that Jack Johnson
headline Saturday night in Mumford & Sons' place. Johnson also sat in with ALO last night.
Here's Jack Johnson's statement:
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 and Sons. 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. 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!