Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan In Health Scare

But will still be
performing at the annual holiday concerts.


By Blurt Staff


It’s being called “a serious health scare,” and though
admittedly vague, it’s got Yo La Tengo fans concerned about the band’s
guitarist, Ira Kaplan. With YLT preparing for their annual run of Hanukkah
shows, Matador Records posted a note from Kaplan indicating that despite the
scare/illness, they’ll still perform, but with Kaplan sitting down to play
now.  Apparently Kaplan had posted the
info at the YLT website
first. Read it in its entirety, below.



From Ira Kaplan:

Hi everybody, especially those of you with tickets to next week’s shows,

We strive to make our Hanukkah shows unpredictable, and in one unfortunate
regard we’ve outdone ourselves this year. I’m going to be a little vague here,
but I had a pretty serious health scare earlier this month. I’m well on the way
to recovery, but I’ve not yet been deemed ready to Rock. The good news
is…well, the good news is I’m on the way to recovery…but vis-à-vis next
week, the good news is that I’ve been deemed ready to sit in a chair and play
the concerts that mean more to me, Georgia, and James than most anything else
we do together. Our sets will undoubtedly be tweaked accordingly. In other
words, if you were hoping to be in attendance for our annual airing of
“Mushroom Cloud of Hiss,” I’m afraid that is now zooming up the
Unlikely chart with a bullet. But we’re confident that it’s going to be a great
eight days. We’re looking forward to seeing you all, and to not answering any
questions about what happened to me!


As long as I’ve got your attention, I’ll let you know about one other change
this year. We’ve filled the walls of Maxwell’s front room with a bunch of
posters and other ephemera from our various closets. Some of it will be for
sale (all proceeds to charity) and all of it will hopefully be entertaining.


Hanukkahly yours, Ira



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