Fresh off the heels of moe.’s triumphant return of moe.down at Snow Ridge in Turin, the jam veterans have announced they’ll be going on an indefinite hiatus following the unfortunate oropharyngeal cancer diagnosis of singer and bassist Rob Derhak.
With the shocking and obviously unplanned break looming, the Buffalo quartet issued a statement to moe.rons with plans to leave all future shows off of their calendar come Aug. 1. Derhak, Chuck Garvey, Al Schnier, Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico plan to finish out their remaining three shows in New York City, at Huckleberry Jam and their wildly anticipated Lockn’ Festival gig alongside Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, who has a battle with cancer all his own.
In Derhak’s personal statement, he reveals that despite the diagnosis and rough healing period, things are looking up with a positive survival rate. NYS Music sends Rob Derhak, his family and the entire moe. organization well wishes during this trying time and look forward to seeing the guys back in action when time and health allow.
The group’s heartfelt letter to the the “Famoe.ly” is posted below: