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Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane discharged from hospital following surgery to remove blood clot on his brain as the band cancels US tour dates
By Emily Sheridan, Fay Strang and Bianca Carneiro
PUBLISHED: 15:37, 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:42, 14 June 2013
Mumford & Sons bassist has left a hospital following successful brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
Dwane was admitted on Monday after feeling unwell for several days, forcing the folk rockers to postpone the remainder of their US summer tour.
Following the emergency operation, Dwane, 28, has returned home and has been labelled 'heroic' by his bandmates in a statement posted on their Facebook page.
The statement read: 'It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from the 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.'
The folk band even added some humour to the statement by writing: 'He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it is medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.'
After Dwane's surgery, the band added that they have taken doctors' advice and will now be bringing their Summer Stampede tour to an early end.
The decision means that they will not be going ahead with scheduled performances in the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee and the Telluride Festival in Colorado.
They explained: 'We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery and that is based purely on the medical advice we have received.'
Ahead of Ted's release Jack Johnson had agreed to take the Saturday night headlining slot at Bonnaroo.
Festival officials announced the move Friday morning. The Upside Down singer last headlined the four-day event in 2008.
'I heard the news about Ted Dwane and was happy to know that he was on his way to recovery. I called my band and asked if they were up for it,' Johnson said in a statement posted on the festival's website.
'Long story short - they are headed this way. I've got a lot of lyrics and chords to relearn by Saturday night. 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. Get well Ted!'
It was a case of right place, right time for Johnson.
The 38-year-old Hawaiian folk-rock singer was in Tennessee to play with friends ALO on Thursday night.
He also was already scheduled to be in Manchester this weekend to perform a small secret show for reporters and participate in a question-and-answer session to promote his new album From Here To Now To You, which is due out in September.
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Mumford & Sons Return with Ted Dwane After Bass Player's Brain Surgery, Perform at Glastonbury Festival
By Kelley Lord, EnStarz (KelleyLynnLord@gmail.com) | Jul 01, 2013 02:44 PM EDT
Mumford and Sons performed together on Sunday night for the first time since their bass player's brain surgery.
An audience of 80,000 fans came to support the band and return of Ted Dwane. The 28-year-old bass player was hospitalized in early June for emergency surgery to remove a blood clot on the surface of his brain. For the first time since Dwane's surgery, Mumford and Sons performed at the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in England.
Sunday's line-up included Vampire Weekend, Smashing Pumpkins, Jessie Ware, Bobby Womack and Sir Bruce Forsyth. The band agreed that they would have pulled out of the headline slot if Dwane had not made a full recovery.
"Was the show ever in doubt? I think it's fair to say it was," keyboard player Ben Lovett told the BBC. "Nothing was more important than Ted's health."
Their moving performance was wrapped up within in their rendition of The Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends. Members of Vampire Weekend, the Vaccines, and folk-rock groups First Aid Kit and the Staves joined together to help conclude the 90-minute show on Sunday.
"We knew we were closing out the festival so we thought we'd do an appropriate song with the appropriate people," frontman Marcus Mumford told Rolling Stone.
Mumford & Sons enlisted an all-star choir to help bring Glastonbury 2013 to an emotional climax. Dwane, wearing a hat to cover his scar, showed no ill effects from the surgery that caused the band to cancel its U.S. tour earlier this month. The band made only one reference to his illness, with Mumford joking, "Also, Ted's fucking alive, isn't he?" to loud cheers from the crowd.
Mumford and Sons first played at the Glastonbury festival in 2008 when only 200 people showed up. With a little help from supporting audience members and contributing artists, the band was nothing but appreciative.
"We feel very much that we didn't do anything very special to get here," added Mumford later in the set. "But we're proud and honored to be here and we truly feel that you got us here."
Source: http://www.enstarz.com/articles/20754/20130701/mumford-and-sons-return-ted-dwane-bass-players-brain-surgery-perform-glastonbury-festival.htm accessed 2nd July 2013