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Mumford & Sons Talk Lollapalooza And Ted Dwane’s Brain Clot Recovery

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Mumford & Sons at Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago

Mumford & Sons at Lollapalooza 2013 (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

In June, Mumford & Sons postponed several tour dates when bassist Ted Dwane was taken to the hospital after a blood clot was discovered on the surface of his brain. Now fully recovered, Dwane and Marcus Mumford talked with Chicago radio station WXRT (a Radio.com station) about the medical scare before their headlining set this past Saturday (Aug. 3) at Lollapalooza.

Dwane confessed that he didn’t know what was happening other than suffering from “a brutal headache.”

“It’s a bit of a weird one. I think it happened during a gig. We didn’t know what it was for about ten days so we just cracked on, did a bunch more shows.” Dwane said. “Eventually they put me in a scanner and found it and operated the next day. We had to reschedule a few gigs. But apart from that, all is well.”

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Marcus Mumford remains impressed at Dwane’s ability to keep performing despite the blood clot that formed.

“He was a brave little bunny,” Mumford added. “He played to over 100,000 people that week with that thing in his head. Badass.”

One of the canceled gigs was a set at Bonnaroo, something Dwane and Mumford said was a difficult decision.

“It’s not an easy thing to do but was a no brainer, no pun intended,” Mumford joked. “There was no question. Ted getting better was way more important.”

Dwane added: “It was so sad though. When I got out of the hospital we got together in the hotel room in Austin and had the chat. There was a part of us that thought we could do it,” he said.

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It turns out that the one that really wanted to perform was Dwane.

“There was part of you that thought you could do it,” Mumford explained. “We had to talk him off the cliff.”

Ted Dwane of Mumford and Sons at Lollapalooza 2013 (photo by Nate Azark/WXRT)

Ted Dwane of Mumford and Sons at Lollapalooza 2013 (photo by Nate Azark/WXRT)

Dwane’s recovery was fast, and Mumford & Sons went on to play Glastonbury Festival and then headline this weekend’s Lollapalooza, a festival they say feels like home.

“The people here have made us feel so at home. Playing Glastonbury was obviously our home turf, but it almost feels just as much at home here and that’s not just a cheesy thing we say to win people over, it’s just how it feels,” Mumford told WXRT. “I don’t think we’ve done anything particularly special to be treated like that, the people just really embraced us and welcomed us to this place.”

With Dwane now fully recovered, the band continues to tour and release new music. Watch their latest music video, “Hopeless Wanderer,” below.

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