11:07am PT by Hilary Lewis
Mumford & Sons Postpones 3 U.S. Shows as Bassist Undergoes Brain Surgery
Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane was taken to the hospital Monday to have emergency surgery on a blood clot on the surface of his brain, leading the folk-rock band to postpone three sold-out concerts this week.
The band is rescheduling dates in Texas, Dallas (6/11) and The Woodlands (6/12), as well as a show in New Orleans (6/13). Tickets for those shows will be honored on the new dates, which should be announced soon, Mumford & Sons said in a statement on its website. The band said it did not anticipate having to cancel or postpone any other dates.
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Dwane was "feeling unwell for a few days," the band explained, noting that he’s receiving "excellent care."
"We are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery," Mumford added. "We’re all wishing Ted a speedy recovery."
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Mumford & Sons won album of the year at February's Grammys for Babel and is set to play this year's Bonnaroo festival on Saturday.
The British group is also set to perform at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival on June 30 and headline Lollapalooza in Chicago later this summer.
After selling 600,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, Babel spent five nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 album chart, the longest run for an album by a duo or group since 2004.