In May, the Decemberists posted a note on their website would be missing spring and summer tour dates to receive treatment, noting she had fortunately caught the disease in its early stages. “There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon,” Conlee wrote at the time.
According to the latest news on the band's website, it looks like Conlee may be hitting the road as soon as early November: "John, Chris, Jenny, and Nate will be joining forces with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey to form the King Charles Trio, the backing band for John Wesley Harding‘s upcoming November tour." The site lists date starting November 5 in San Francisco and wrapping November 20 in New Jersey.
The Decemberists' new collection of B-sides, Long Live The King, is due November 1, and their performance on Austin City Limits, which features cameos by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, is scheduled to air tomorrow.
Here's video of Colin Meloy in the Bing Lounge on July 5, 2011