Jack Johnson will be the new Saturday night headliner for attendees of this weekend’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. This news comes after it was revealed Mumford & Sons cancelled all scheduled appearances — including Bonnaroo — after bassist Ted Dwane had a successful brain surgery.
“I called my band and asked if they were up for it,” Johnson says in a statement. “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!”
The last time Johnson appeared at Bonnaroo was in 2008. Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons is focusing on supporting Dwane’s recovery.
“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 band writes on its Facebook page. “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.”