Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh announced that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is being treated in Arizona.
The 75-year-old bassist wrote about his illness Friday on the Facebook page of his San Rafael restaurant and concert hall, Terrapin Crossroads.
A Message from Phil:
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
Lesh says he will be able to return to normal activities two weeks after surgery and will reschedule the canceled dates.
This is not Lesh’s first traumatic illness. The bass player battled prostate cancer in 2006, when he underwent successful prostate surgery to remove the cancer in 2006. In 1998, he had contracted chronic hepatitis C, which he survived due to a liver transplant. He has since become a public advocate for organ donor programs, and often discusses this at his performances.