English folk quartet Mumford & Sons has canceled its highly anticipated headlining appearance at Bonnaroo on Saturday, as bassist Ted Dwayne continues to recover from emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. The band also pulled out of its scheduled performances at Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Kansas.
The band released the following statement on its Facebook page:
“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, Kans. 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 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.”
While the news is undoubtedly a major blow to anybody heading to Bonnaroo this weekend, festival organizers have already named a replacement. Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has answered the call and will fill in for Mumford & Sons on the main stage tomorrow night.
Here’s what the Hawaiian-born Johnson had to say about the last minute gig (via Facebook): “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. 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!”
In the meantime, be sure to watch the official Bonnaroo webcast. Click here to see the full schedule of performances coming up this weekend.