Dr. John, a.k.a Mac Rebennack, has been a fixture at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for decades, but the good doctor was missing from this year’s lineup. The New Orleans Advocate noted Dr. John’s absence and pointed out 2014 was one of the only times in recent years the 77-year-old musician has missed Jazz Fest. Fans were worried and the lack of dates on Rebennack’s official website only fueled speculation about his health, especially after he canceled a number of recent shows. There might be a more innocuous reason why Dr. John isn’t performing these days. His rep issued a statement about it to Nola.com.
“After six decades of life on the road, Dr. John is taking a well-earned break and resting at home,” Rebennack’s publicist Karen Dalton Beninato said in a statement picked up by NOLA.com. “I wouldn’t count out more shows down the road, so stay tuned. The last statement he gave me is: ‘Everything is good.'” Here’s wishing peace, tranquility and good health to The Doctor and let’s hope more Dr. John performances will come when he’s ready.
Here’s a look at this year’s Jazz Fest lineup:
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