Today, some more bad news: According to Verbicide, the Decemberists' keyboardist, Jenny Conlee, was diagnosed with cancer. In a note on their website and to fans on their mailing list, front man Colin Meloy said the band found out a month ago.
The good news is that Jenny caught it early. And while the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our Jenny, as well as a lot of important recovery time.
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Meloy says that with Conlee's "fervent blessings," they're pushing forward with their scheduled tour dates this spring and summer.
Conlee will "very likely" miss all nine of their scheduled concerts in May and June. Hopefully, she'll be back in time to play their Aug. 12 gig at the Greek Theatre in LA. Here's a full note from Jenny:
Hello to everyone,
I am very sorry to say that I will be missing a few shows coming up as I go through treatment for breast cancer. It has been great to be on tour these past few weeks. The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding. To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans have helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your support! See you soon!
Lots of love,