Earlier this week we reported that Mumford & Sons’ bassist Ted Dwane had undergone an intensive brain surgery that would sideline the group from the rest of their tour dates. While they were attempting to honor their Bonnaroo commitment, the group announced yesterday that they’d be unable to perform at their Saturday night headlining slot. This morning the festival announced that Bonnaroo-alum Jack Johnson will be replacing Mumford for Saturday’s coveted slot.
Jack Johnson was already at the festival, set for a surprise appearance at ALO’s set, but now the Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter will be filling a much larger slot at the massive summer festival.
The festival released the following statement from Jack Johnson:
“I was on my way to Bonnaroo to sit in on a set with my friends ALO last night when we got the call asking if I could possibly help out and cover for Mumford and Sons. 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. 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!”
Jack Johnson will be performing on Saturday night from 9:30-11:30 on the What Stage.