Phil Lesh Cancels Upcoming Shows For Cancer Treatment

Phil Lesh photo by Rich Saputo

Well, we’ve all been wondering why Phil Lesh, bass player for the Grateful Dead, bowed out of the Fall Tour of the latest version of the Grateful Dead (Dead & Company) shows after those monumental Summer “Fare Thee Well” shows.  Today, on the Terrapin Crossroads (Phil’s venue near San Francisco) Facebook page, it was announced that he is also cancelling upcoming Phil & Friends with Chris Robinson shows.  He needs some time to recover from bladder cancer surgery!  Phil has previously been the recipient of a liver transplant.

Get well soon, Phil!

Read the full post below.

A Message from Phil:

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….
-Phil

PS Ticket refund info will be posted soon

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