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The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Tour to Continue as Scheduled

May 04, 2011 The Decemberists
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Sad news from The Decemberists today. Keyboardist/accordionist Jenny Conlee (a member of the band since day one) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. However there is a silver lining: according to a statement issued by bandleader Colin Meloy, the cancer was caught early, and the prognosis for a full recovery looks good. With Conlee’s blessings, the band will continue with their tour as planned.

Read the full statement from both Meloy and Conlee below.


About a month ago, we all at Decemberists HQ got hit with some pretty hard news. Jenny Conlee, our since-the-very-beginning accordion and keyboard player and all-around rad person was diagnosed with breast cancer. If you or anyone in your world has been handed a similar diagnosis, you know what a bolt-out-of-the-blue this news can be. 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.

So I’m writing this to say that, weighing our options, and with Jenny’s fervent blessings, we’ve decided to go forward with our scheduled tour dates this spring and summer.

What we know now: Jenny will very likely miss all nine of our concerts in May and June. We’re all hoping that her recovery will be such that she’ll be able to get back on board as soon as possible.

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,


Our thoughts are with The Decemberists’ friends and family during this time. Here’s to a speedy recovery.



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