The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh Cancels Shows Following Cancer Diagnosis

While the rest of the Grateful Dead’s “Core Four” are about to embark on a tour with John Mayer under the name Dead & Company, Phil Lesh has been continuing to perform with a rotating cast of musicians as Phil Lesh and Friends. Earlier this month, Lesh canceled a handful of shows at Terrapin Crossroads, the restaurant and venue he owns in San Rafael, CA, due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Now, the bassist has announced the cancellation of two more dates after revealing that he’s been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is currently recovering from treatment — fortunately, the prognosis is good and he is expected to make a full recovery. He shared the news in a Facebook post on the official Terrapin Crossroads page, and you can read his full statement below:

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

Previously, Lesh beat prostate cancer back in 2006.