The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
So far, 2011 has been a triumphant year for the Decemberists, who topped the Billboard charts with The King Is Dead back in January. Unfortunately, the group have been hit with some bad news, as founding member Jenny Conlee has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

In a press release, singer Colin Meloy explained, "The good news is that Jenny caught it early. And while the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our Jenny as well as a lot of important recovery time."

The band will continue to play shows, but Conlee will be taking a break while she undergoes treatment. Meloy said, "Jenny will very likely miss all nine of our concerts in May and June."

Conlee added this note:

Hello to Everyone,

I am very sorry to say that I will be missing a few shows coming up as I go through treatment for breast cancer. It has been great to be on tour these past few weeks. The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding. To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your support! See you soon!

Lots of love,


Check out the band's upcoming tour dates over at their official website.