Bonnaroo 2013 has been greatly anticipated after lineups like Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, and Tom Petty were announced. And while the music festival is widely known as a wonderful place to discover new bands who would otherwise never get wide exposure, it's also the place to go when you want to see something you may never get to see again in your lifetime.
It's also a place to find a whole spectrum of genres represented; everything from rap to indie shoe-gaze and everything in between crowd onto the stages in Manchester, Tennessee at the start of summer. As the shows kicked off on Thursday, however, there was a very important question on the minds of those in attendance: who's going to fill in for Mumford and Sons?
The bluegrass/folk/rock quartet announced earlier this week that they would have to postpone several gigs due to bassist Ted Dwayne undergoing brain surgery to take care of a blood clot.
“To our fans," the band said in a statement, "Our friend and bandmate Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital to receive emergency treatment. The scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain that requires an operation. Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery. Sadly we have to postpone three upcoming headline shows planned for this week in Dallas on Tuesday 6/11, Woodlands on Wednesday 6/12, and New Orleans on Thursday 6/13. All dates will be rescheduled and will be announced as soon as we can; all tickets for this week’s events will be honoured at their rescheduled dates. We have no plans to cancel or postpone any other appearances along this current tour. We’re all wishing Ted a speedy recovery.”
Luckily, Dwayne came through the surgery well and is healing, but the band posted another announcement on their Facebook page about cancellations of more shows as he recuperates.
"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."
That left Bonnaroo organizers scrambling to find replacement acts, and they have to be good to fill the shoes of such a popular band. As of now, Jack Johnson is in talks to fill in, as is Darius Rucker, although he has prior commitments that may take precedence. Johnson is already at Bonnaroo to promote his new album, From Here To Now To You.
Festival organizers are expected to make an announcement this afternoon regarding who will take Mumford's place on the bill.