John Medeski Recovering From Freak Bacteria Infection

MMW's John Medeski Recovering From Freak Bacteria Infection

John Medeski
Earlier this month, while Medeski Martin & Wood toured Europe they were forced to cancel all remaining dates because keyboardist John Medeski fell ill. Very little was known, recently the band made the following announcement from

John would like to thank all of his friends and fans for their support during his recent illness.

While on tour overseas in early July, John began experiencing flu-like symptoms, and very severe headaches. He was seen by doctors in Croatia, Slovenia, and finally in Austria, where he was admitted to the University of Innsbruck Hospital on July 5. It was determined that John was fighting a severe bacterial infection and experiencing cluster headache symptoms. On July 6, the doctors advised us that John could not continue with the tour. After 150+ tests, MRIs, pain management protocols, antibiotics, and 3 days of excellent care in the University hospital, no one could identify John's infection.

On July 7, John checked out of the hospital to rest in a hotel until he was strong enough to travel home. Though the infection has still not been identified, he is currently in treatment here in the US, and doing MUCH better. His headaches have subsided, and while not at 100%, he is functioning very well.

Needless to say, we're glad to have John back and feeling better as the band looks forward to Camp and upcoming shows this fall. Thanks again for everyone's well wishes!!

MMW's next scheduled show is for September 11 in Philadelphia, complete dates available here.

[Published on: 7/20/09]

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