Bonnaroo threw a Hail Mary and nabbed Jack Johnson to replace Mumford and Sons as the Saturday night headliner. Johnson previously headlined the festival in 2008, and was already planning to appear at this year’s festival as a special guest to California jam band ALO, who are signed to his label.
Johnson said in a statement:
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. I heard the news about Ted Dwane and was happy to know that 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. Get well Ted!
Mumford and Sons were forced to cancel their performance as bassist Ted Dwane continues to recover from brain surgery.