STS9 Bassist Diagnosed With Cancer

STS9 is calling off nearly all of its scheduled performances because bassist David Murphy has been diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement posted to STS9’s website, Murphy explained that a cancerous tumor was recently discovered in his sinus cavity.

Before undergoing surgery, Murphy and the band will still perform in Mexico this weekend as part of Mayan Holidaze.

The event takes place Jan. 20-24 at Now Sapphire, a resort on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, located 15 minutes south of Cancun. Along with STS9, the lineup features Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, The Album Leaf, Bonobo, Emancipator, Orchard Lounge and an acoustic set from 30db‘s Brendan Bayliss & Jeff Austin.

All of the rest of the band’s scheduled performances all canceled. The shows would have taken place throughout the U.S. Feb. 4-March 11.

Photo: John Davisson
Blackwater Music Festival, Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Fla.

Below is Murphy’s statement in full:

“Greetings Family, Friends and Fans,

“I’m writing to share with y’all some news I’ve received recently. I have just been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor primarily in my sinus cavity (a type of internal skin cancer).  It will require extensive surgery followed by a few months long recovery periods. There will be some treatment for the cancer following also but at this time we aren’t fully aware of what that will entail and at this time we are just focusing on the task at hand which is the surgery.

“With this news comes a bit of bad news for our upcoming shows. We will have to cancel all of our upcoming shows in Feb and March in order to fully get after taking care of this little health issue to the fullest, and we will do just that. There is nothing more in the world I love then playing music and sharing it with all of you and we will continue to do it for a long time together and all I ask for is y’all’s thoughts and prayers during this time of recovery!

“We will still be performing in Mexico this weekend before my upcoming surgery, so for y’all down there….

“Let’s do this…. Boom!

“We’ll send appropriate updates as we get them through out the process.” 

Click here for STS9’s website.