moe. Announces Indefinite Hiatus Following Rob Derhak Cancer Diagnosis
In an statement signed by all five members of moe., the band confirmed they will perform July 21 in New York City, July 28 at Huckleberry Jam and at the Lockn’ Festival with Phil Lesh. Those three shows are the only appearances the band will make for the foreseeable future.
The announcement revealed Derhak learned last week he has oropharyngeal cancer. “Although I’d known something wasn’t quite right for a while, I wasn’t expecting to get this news,” wrote Derhak. “The prognosis is good, and the survival rate is high. Unfortunately the treatment will be rough on my body, and my voice.”
The complete letter to the the “Famoe.ly” can be read below:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, moe. will be going on indefinite hiatus effective August 1st, 2017.
We will play our remaining 2 shows in July (7/21 NYC, 7/28 Huckleberry Jam), as well as our Lockn’ Festival appearance with Phil Lesh. Other than these 3 shows, we will be closing our doors until further notice.
More info for the Summer Tour with Railroad Earth will be forthcoming in the next few days. Please give us some time to sort out the details. Thank you all for your love & support.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to seeing you down the road.
Rob, Chuck, Al, Jim, & Vinnie
A letter from Rob:
Early last week I was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer. Although I’d known something wasn’t quite right for a while, I wasn’t expecting to get this news. The prognosis is good, and the survival rate is high. Unfortunately the treatment will be rough on my body, and my voice. I will be out of commission for the foreseeable future, which means, moe. will be going on an unplanned hiatus. My treatments will begin in early August, and I will not be available for our planned summer tour. I’m very happy that we, as a band and a fan base, were able to successfully bring moe.down back this Summer and I thank you all for your support. My love for our music, my band mates, our crew, and all of you continually grows and I hope to be back on stage doing what I love to do sometime soon. Until then, know that I’m in good hands, and I’m forever grateful for all of your support.