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Phil Lesh Of The Grateful Dead Diagnosed With Cancer

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on October 18, 2015

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Phil Lesh, bassist for the Grateful Dead, has announced that he is suffering from bladder cancer.

Lesh took to his restaurant, Terrapin Crossroads’, Facebook page to announce that he is canceling two late October shows and that he is being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.

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

This is not Phil’s first cancer battle. He was diagnosed and beat prostate cancer in 2006.

Lesh was the original bass player for the Dead when they formed in mid-1965. While he participated in the recent Fare Thee Well shows, he is the one member of the band that has not carried on as Dead & Company which also features guitarist John Mayer.

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