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John Popper Is Finally Hip Again
by Greg Heller
Muzic Magazine, National
Feb 11th, 1998

Blues Traveler frontman John Popper is reportedly alive, well and typically upbeat after hip replacement surgery yesterday. At 31, Popper's new hip would seem 30 or so years early, but doctors blame the harpmaster's weight and the strain it put on his bones, as well as lingering effects from a 1992 motorcycle wreck, for the surgical necessity.

Though substantially more svelte, milk drinker Edward Van Halen, 43, was similarly slated to get a new hip bone last year. But after Sir Ed postponed the procedure, doctors eventually deduced he wouldn't be needing it after all. Popper wasn't so lucky and he'll be forced to endure some rugged rehab in the months to come.

To allow Popper the necessary recovery time lest he have to play live gigs sitting down (as he did following the cycle crash), Blues Traveler have taken their longest touring break in recent memory and won't be out on the road again until July. Though their first official gig since January is scheduled to be the H.O.R.D.E. '98 kickoff in mid-July, rumors persist that the band will again be headlining the annual Red Rocks Fourth of July extravaganza at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. In the meantime, Travelers Bobby Sheehan and new father Chan Kinchla will launch an East Coast mini-tour with their ongoing side project The Jono Manson Band.