Cancer Type – Bladder

Bio – Phil Lesh the Grateful Dead star who batted prostate and bladder cancer.

Short Story – He is the bassist for the Grateful Dead, and one of the founding members of the classic rock band. As you can imagine, fans were devastated at the news that Lesh was diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of 75.

The band was forced to cancel several concerts in October 2015 due to the rock legend spending a few weeks in the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale to undergo testing and the removal of tumors. In a letter to fans Lesh acknowledged. “I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non-aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread,” Lesh said. “So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.”

This was not Phil Lesh’s first battle with cancer. He battled prostate cancer in 2006.

Lesh is cancer free. We are thankful he took the bands lyrics to heart, “I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.”

Image Credits – By SaltyBoatr (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Phil lesh

Background information
Birth namePhilip Chapman Lesh
BornMarch 15, 1940 (age 77), Berkeley, California, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals
Years active1961–present
LabelsWarner Bros, Grateful Dead Records, Arista, Columbia
Associated actsGrateful Dead, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Other Ones, The Dead, Furthur
Notable instruments
Guild Starfire Bass
Gibson EB-0
Fender Jazz Bass
Gibson EB-3
Custom 4-string Alembic Basses
Custom Modulus Basses
*Modulus Quantnum 6
“Bolerion” Alembic Series II 6-string bass