Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson stepped in as a last-minute replacement this past weekend at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee for Mumford And Sons, who canceled their appearance after bassist Ted Dwane had emergency brain surgery last week. Johnson was scheduled to perform on Saturday night (June 15th) instead of the British act. Dwane was hospitalized last Monday (June 10th) and went under the knife when doctors found a blood clot in his brain. He is said to be recovering well and was released from the hospital at the end of the week.
- According to Rolling Stone, Johnson was actually on his way to the event to jam with another act when organizers asked if he wanted to headline Saturday’s bill.
- He said in a statement, “I called my band and asked if they were up for it . . . 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.”
- Mumford And Sons canceled a total of six shows — the remainder of its U.S. tour — after Dwane was diagnosed.
- The band is currently scheduled to resume touring on June 30th at England’s Glastonbury Festival, and has dates mapped out through the summer, including a headlining slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd.