In a statement released by festival organizers on Friday, Johnson said he got the call yesterday to play the show and immediately summoned his band.
“I’ve got a lot of lyrics and chords to relearn by Saturday night,” he admitted. “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.”
To fill Mumford’s shoes, Billboard has learned that simultaneous requests were made to Johnson and Darius Rucker. Johnson was already on the grounds for surprise press appearances in support of his upcoming album From Here to Now to You, while Rucker’s tour schedule had him playing in Baltimore on Saturday night.
On Thursday, Mumford & Sons said on Facebook that Dwane’s surgery for a blood clot on the surface of his brain went well and he’s “on the road to a full recovery.” But in order to give him time to recover, the four-piece has nixed its appearance at the festival, as well as a set at Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival next week.
“If we could’ve we would’ve, you know that about us,” the post read. “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.”