You just can’t keep a good folk rocker down.
Mumford & Sons’s bassist Ted Dwane returned to the stage in Somerset, England, Sunday night, for the first time since being hospitalized in early June for emergency surgery to remove a blood clot on the surface of his brain.
Before taking the stage Sunday, Dwane told the BBC that providing the final performance at this year’s Glastonbury music festival had been dominating his thoughts.
“The last few weeks have been a bit weird and we had to cancel a couple of shows at the end of our last U.S. tour,” he said backstage.
“I’ve come here a couple of times when the festival isn t here and stood under the Pyramid Stage with my mate and imagined what it would be like,” he said. “So, the fact that we are getting to do it is all I’ve been thinking about right now.”
The band performed such songs as “Little Lion Man” and “I Will Wait” for the 80,000 fans.
Introducing “Awake My Soul,” Marcus Mumford told the crowd: “We have danced together, we have celebrated the fact that Ted is alive together. Shall we sing together?” Mumford’s wife, actress Carey Mulligan was said to have been watching from backstage.
After being discharged from the hospital, Dwane, 28, posted a message with a photo of his shaved head on the band’s website.
“Bear with a sore head! Thanks so much for all the well wishing, it seems to be working,” he wrote.
Dwane’s speedy recovery left his bandmates thankful, too.
Before the show, keyboard player Ben Lovett said in a Radio Times interview, All we feel is incredibly grateful and happy that he’s going to be okay, and that we’re going to get back out on that stage at Glastonbury as four brothers and do what we do.”
Due to the medical crisis, the Grammy-winning group was forced to bow out of appearances at both Bonnaroo in Tennessee and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
The band has since rescheduled missed dates and extended their U.S. tour, they announced on their website.