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Mumford & Sons Cancel Bonnaroo Performance, Jack Johnson Replaces the Band.

by Photo of Chelsea Perrotty

The band backs out due to bassists surgery, Jack Johnson takes over headlining spot for Saturday.

Mumford & Sons Cancel Bonnaroo Performance, Jack Johnson Replaces the Band.

Mumford & Sons announced today that they would be canceling their appearance at famed music festival Bonnaroo (and more dates) due to their bassist, Ted Dwayne, recovering from brain surgery to remove a blood clot found earlier this week. 

The band released a statement on their website saying:

Dear friends,

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 

In lieu of this statement from the band, it's been announced that none other than Jack Johnson has been called upon to replace the band. 

Johnson and his band are set to take over Mumford & Son's Saturday night headlining spot at the Festival. Johnson told Billboard that he got a call Thursday night and admitted that he had a lot of "chords and verses to relearn." He also stated that he "played the first Bonnaroo and it is a very special festival to my band."

Although some festival-goers are bound to be disappointed by the last-minute change, I think Jack Johnson will undoubtedly rock the festival and it's attendees, in his mellow way. The same thing happened a couple of years ago when the Beastie Boys had to cancel on All Points West due to MCA's throat cancer. The festival replaced them with Jay-Z. Festival-attendees at All Points West weren't too disappointed with that change, so I hope that Bonnaroo's crowd won't be either. 

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