photo: Phil Lesh at the Capitol Theatre in March (more by Greg Cristman)
Phil Lesh

The Grateful Dead bassist/vocalist Phil Lesh has sadly been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The BBC points to an announcement on the website for his Terrapin Crossroads venue, which reads:

Dear Friends,
I am sorry to let you know that I will need to cancel the October 24th and 25th Phil & Friends shows with Chris Robinson.

I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors. I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread.
So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery. Unfortunately, that means I will have to cancel the PLF shows scheduled for Oct 24/25. We will reschedule these shows as soon as we can, but in the meantime, keep a lookout for a free Grate Room show before I leave for the East Coast shows. I also plan to pop in and jam in the bar before we leave, so I hope to see you there at Terrapin.

Love Will See You Through....

PS Ticket refund info will be posted soon

Damn. Here's hoping for a successful recovery.

As the statement points out, two of his Terrapin Crossroads shows are cancelled but his Capitol Theatre run in Port Chester, NY is still on. That include shows on 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/5, 11/6 and 11/7. Tickets for some of those shows are still available.

Watch one of Phil's sets from Lockn' Festival below...


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