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As a follow-up to the postponement of Gov’t Mule’s New Year’s Eve run, which was slated to occur at Philadelphia’s The Met and New York’s Beacon Theatre, Warren Haynes has shared a message with fans and followers addressing his health and wellness. The artist also discussed plans for the 13th annual Island Exodus event in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. 

Haynes began his note by thanking everyone for their well wishes before sharing an update on his current condition, “I want you to know that I am going to be OK! I was in the hospital for the past week due to some pretty serious complications from COVID and Influenza A, but I am at home now resting, which I am so thankful for.” 

The guitarist continued by apologizing for his absence during the holidays, adding, “Trust me when I say we were really excited for these shows, and the band was raring to go.” Haynes pivoted topics next and jumped into plans for the upcoming Island Exodus event, which is scheduled to begin on Jan. 15. 

In the note, Haynes said he will not be participating in this year’s destination concert event, stating: “the doctors say I still need a few weeks of rest and recuperation, which unfortunately means I will not be able to travel to Jamaica.” 

He continued, “But the show must go on! I have been in close contact with our team to put together a really special show with a bunch of our friends, including Anders Osborne, Jackie Greene, John Scofield, Robert Randolph, Audley Freed, Rob Barraco, Robert Kerns and Jeff Sipe, who along with already announced special guests Jimmy Vivino and Ron Holloway, will be joining Matt, Danny and Jorgen for what I know will be three great and unique ‘Gov’t Mule & Friends’ shows.” 

To learn more about Island Exodus 13, visit their official website. Read Haynes’ complete note below.