Moe. will be playing their remaining two shows in July, then they are going on an indefinite hiatus. They are going to stop performing on August 1, 2017. One of the members of their band has been diagnosed with cancer. Rob Derhack fouond out about a week ago that he has oropharyngeal cancer. He mentioned this in a post on Faceook,
“A letter from Rob:
Early last week I was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer. Although I’d known something wasn’t quite right for a while, I wasn’t expecting to get this news. The prognosis is good, and the survival rate is high. Unfortunately the treatment will be rough on my body, and my voice. I will be out of commission for the foreseeable future, which means, moe. will be going on an unplanned hiatus. My treatments will begin in early August, and I will not be available for our planned summer tour. I’m very happy that we, as a band and a fan base, were able to successfully bring moe.down music festival back this Summer and I thank you all for your support. My love for our music, my band mates, our crew, and all of you continually grows and I hope to be back on stage doing what I love to do sometime soon. Until then, know that I’m in good hands, and I’m forever grateful for all of your support.
He says the survival rate is high and they caught it at an early enough stage so the prognosis is good. The treatment is pretty rough for the body and voice which would make it difficult to perform.
He wanted to thank everyone for their support at Moe.down this summer. He is continuing to grow and will get better so he can be back on stage doing what he loves. The support from fans and loved ones is going to give him motivation to get back on his feet after the treatment.
It is unclear when the band plans on continuing with their tours in the future. After the band posted the news, over two thousand people shared the post and over two hundred fifty thousand people commented on the post hoping for Rob to get well soon. They are sending positive and healing vibes.
The band also apologized for any inconvenience, and said that they look forward to seeing all of their fans down the road sometime. More information should be out in the next few days regarding Railroad Earth. The band said they need time to sort out some of the details.