.

Mountain Guitarist Has Lower Leg Amputated

Leslie West undergoes emergency surgery

June 21, 2011 11:20 AM ET
Leslie West of Mountain performing at the Heros of Woodstock Tour on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock at the Bethel Woods Art Center on August 15, 2009 in Bethel, New York.
Leslie West of Mountain performing at the Heros of Woodstock Tour on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock at the Bethel Woods Art Center on August 15, 2009 in Bethel, New York.
Bobby Bank/WireImage

Mountain guitarist Leslie West has had his lower right leg amputated in a life-saving operation related to his type 2 diabetes. West, 65, underwent the emergency surgery at a hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday after his leg began to swell and his foot went septic. In a statement, West's wife Jenni West revealed that doctors had attempted save the leg, but were forced to sever the limb to avoid the risk of having the infection spread to the rest of his body.

Choose Rolling Stone's Cover: The Sheepdogs vs. Lelia Broussard. Vote Now!

West is expected to recover from the surgery, but will face an extensive rehabilitation period. The guitarist has a new album titled The Unusual Suspects in the can, but the disc, which features appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Slash from Guns N' Roses, will probably not be released until after West has completed his physical therapy.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com