By Jon Wiederhorn
Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwayne is home in England recovering from brain surgery, and he seems to be doing well. On June 17, he posted a message on the band's website expressing gratitude to all who have wished him a speedy recovery.
"Bear with a sore head!" he wrote. "Thanks so much for all the well-wishing, it seems to be working."
Along with the message, Dwayne posted a photo of his newly-shaven noggin. The bassist needed emergency surgery last week to remove a blood clot that had formed on his brain. In a statement released June 12, Mumford & Sons wrote, "Our friend and band mate Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital. The scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain."
Two days later, the folk rock band announced that the medical procedure was successful and that Dwayne's recovery would be swift. "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."
The group had hoped to headline Bonnaroo June 15, but had to cancel the appearance. At the last minute, Jack Johnson filled in. During his set, Johnson said, "We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwayne and all of Mumford & Sons." An hour later, Johnson and his band covered Mumford & Sons' hit "The Cave."
In addition to the Bonnaroo show, Mumford & Sons cancelled concerts at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado and a set in Bonner Springs, Kansas. There are "no plans" to cancel any additional shows.
Mumford & Sons' next scheduled concert is a June 30 headline appearance at the Glastonbury festival in the UK. The group are also slated to play the biggest ever headline show at London’s Olympic Park on July 6. The first non-festival headline show at the site also features Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Haim and Bear’s Den.