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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival veteran Jack Johnson will be filling the headlining slot for Mumford and Sons Saturday night, festival organizers announced Friday morning.
Mumford & Sons announced the cancellation of its headlining performance Thursday night due to bassist Ted Dwane’s medical condition.
“I was on my way to Bonnaroo to sit in on a set with my friends ALO last night when we got the call asking if I could possibly help out and cover for Mumford and Sons,” Johnson said in a Bonnaroo press release. “I heard the news about Ted Dwane and was happy to know he was on his way to recovery.
“I called my band and asked if they were up for it. 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.”
Johnson added well wishes to Dwane: “Get well, Ted.”
Johnson will hit the “What Stage” at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Johnson played the first Bonnaroo festival in 2002 and was at the festival again on the main stage in 2008, playing before Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. Johnson even brought Vedder on stage during his set.