Dan Baird cancelled the remainder of his scheduled 2017 tour dates after he disclosed via a post on his Facebook page that he has chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Baird, who came to fame in the ‘80s as a member of the Georgia Satellites, was in the middle of a UK tour with his group Homemade Sin (ex-Satellites drummer Mauro Magellan, Jason & the Scorchers/Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’ guitarist Warner Hodges and bassist Micke Bjork) when a flare-up of the blood disorder sidelined him. He was quickly admitted to a hospital in England.
“Knew I had it and it was coming, but I thought it was a couple of years off. Not so,” Baird posted, describing it as an “older folks blood condition that wants to eat up your body and red blood cells as well as leave junked white blood cells like wrecked cars all over the blood stream. Inherited. Treatable. But debilitating in the short term when it picks up a head of steam, like now.”
Baird’s band The Yayhoos (featuring Eric Ambel of the Del-Lords and “Battleship Chains” songwriter Terry Anderson) had announced an 11-date tour for August, their first in almost a decade, to kick off with a show at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur on Aug. 15. Those shows are postponed for the foreseeable future as we all wish Dan the best during his treatment and recovery.