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Incubus’ Ben Kenney underwent surgery to remove brain tumor

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We now know more about the medical procedure that’s keeping Incubus bassist Ben Kenney off the road.

In an Instagram post, Kenney reveals that he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2022.

“As soon as I got home from tour I had a successful operation to have it removed,” Kenney writes alongside a photo of stitches on his head behind his ear. “This year I am taking some time away from touring & social media to recover.”

“I won’t physically be at the shows but I will be there in spirit,” he adds. “I miss you all and I hope you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.”

Kenney’s post comes after Incubus announced Wednesday that Kenney is “currently recovering from a recent medical procedure and will be unable to perform with us on our upcoming run at the end of the month.”

The “Drive” rockers added, “We wish Ben a speedy recovery and can’t wait for him to rejoin us onstage soon!”

The affected shows include dates in Costa Rica, Texas and New Orleans. Tal Wilkenfeld, who’s played with artists including Mick Jagger, Prince and Jeff Beck, will be filling in for Kenney.

Incubus also has shows scheduled for May and June, including dates with Coheed and Cambria and a set at Las Vegas’ Sick New World festival. It’s unclear whether Kenney will be back for those performances.

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