Conway Savage, the beloved longtime pianist and organ player for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, had been conspicuously missing throughout tour dates this past year.
It has only just been revealed that Savage, according to the band’s website, has been in recovery after undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, which was diagnosed just earlier this year.
“Many of you have noticed the absence of Conway Savage from this summer’s North American tour and from the current European tour,” the band wrote in a Facebook post.
“Conway was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent an operation just before the start of the North American shows,” read the post. “The operation was largely a success and he is currently at home in Australia undergoing follow-up treatment. I’m sure you’ll all join us in sending our beloved Conway lots of love and very best wishes. We are missing him enormously. We send him all our love and thoughts.”
Savage joined Cave and the Bad Seeds back in 1990 after playing in various bands in Australia throughout the 80’s such as Happy Orphans, the Feral Dinosaurs, and Dust On the Bible. Along with his work in the studio and on the road with the Bad Seeds, Savage has issued several records and EPs as a solo artist and a collaborator with other musicians.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have spent much of 2017 touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2016 album, Skeleton Tree. Earlier this year, Cave and his bandmate Warren Ellis even composed the score for the Brad Pitt film, “War Machine.”
Here you can see Savage playing with the Bad Seeds at South by Southwest 2013.
Read the Facebook post below.
Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat