Two mid-century icons are said to be on the mend after suffering illnesses.
Mark Volman, co-frontman of the Turtles, has been deemed cancer-free. Volman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015. News broke on February 27 on Twitter, with other co-frontman Howard Kaylan tweeting:
Thanks for all of your positive thoughts. Here to tell the world, Mark (Flo) Volman is Cancer Free!!
Additionally, Yoko Ono was hospitalized on February 26 after enduring what was thought to be a stroke; however, reports have since said that Ono was dealing with a case of the flu and dehydration. Her son, Sean Lennon, said on Twitter:
Only stroke @yokoono had was a Stroke of Genius! 🙂 She’s really fine. Thanks for all the well wishes! Big Love, Sean
Albums, singles, and tours
- Cream’s Ginger Baker has cancelled the entirety of his tour dates due to what are being called “serious health problems.” No specifics about his condition have been released, nor have the dates been rescheduled.
- Bad Company and Joe Walsh have booked a show together in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The show is listed under the “Events” page of Walsh’s official Facebook; Bad Company’s page, however, does not list the date. Sources say a possible tour could be in the works.
- Paul Simon has announced a tour that includes over 30 dates at indoor venues in North America. The tour kicks off after his appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans in April. A new album is also reportedly being released in the spring.
- Steely Dan have announced a US tour, which begins on April 18 in Port Chester, New York.
- February 23 – Johnny Winter, musician (born in 1944), Brad Whitford of Aerosmith (1952)
- February 24 – Paul Jones of Manfred Mann (born in 1942)
- February 25 – George Harrison of the Beatles (born in 1943)
- February 26 – Fats Domino, singer-songwriter (born in 1928), Johnny Cash, musican (1932)
- February 28 – Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones (born in 1942)