Mumford and Sons bassist to undergo surgery

AFP-JIJI, AP, Staff Report

Chart-topping English indie-folk rock band Mumford and Sons anounced they had postponed three sell-out shows on their U.S. tour Tuesday while bassist Ted Dwane undergoes surgery for a blood clot.

Writing on its website, the group — winners of this year’s Grammy award for best album — said scans had revealed a blood clot on the surface of Dwane’s brain that requires immediate treatment.

The statement says Dwane hasn’t felt well for a few days and went to the hospital Monday for emergency treatment. Scans revealed the blood clot on the surface of his brain, requiring surgery. The band is being assured that he will recover quickly.

“Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery,” it said without disclosing where the operation will take place.

Dwane, who plays upright bass, turns 29 on Aug. 15.

In the interim, Mumford and Sons is postponing headlining concerts this week in Dallas and Woodlands, Texas, and in New Orleans. Tickets will be honored at rescheduled dates.

“We have no plans to cancel or postpone any other appearances along this current tour,” said the band, which is lined up to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on Aug. 3.

Ahead of the Chicago stop, Mumford and Sons are also scheduled to play a slot on the main Green Stage at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture on July 28. They are also scheduled to play their first headline show in Tokyo on July 30, tickets for that performance are set to go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Mumford and Sons have been at the forefront of a folk and bluegrass revival that also includes The Lumineers from Colorado. The band’s latest album, “Babel,” entered the British and U.S. charts at the No. 1 position upon its release in September.

Mumford and Sons play Shinkiba Studio Coast in Edo-ku, Tokyo, on July 30 (7 p.m.; ¥6,000 in adv.; 03-3444-6751). For more information, visit www.mumfordandsons.com.