Jewel has canceled her upcoming tour because of the death of her touring bassist, Terome "T-Bone" Hannon, who died from a brain aneurysm on September 4 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Hannon was 39 and had played in Jewel's band for the last three years.
"T-Bone was a phenomenal player and we all loved him," Jewel said in a press statement. "We are all just in shock and hurt."
Hannon, who had played with Shania Twain, Amy Grant and SheDaisy before meeting Jewel, had planned to fly from his home in Detroit to North Charleston, South Carolina, on September 19 to begin the tour. However, he was stricken with the aneurysm, and was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where he died. He was buried in Detroit.
An aneurysm occurs when a weakened area of a blood-vessel wall balloons outward, creating increased pressure on an artery. Sometimes the vessel ruptures, often resulting in death. Aneurysms most commonly occur in the aorta near the heart, or in the brain.
Hannon was interested in music from an early age and was active in his Detroit high school's music program. After he graduated, he spent 10 years writing music and playing in various bands before he met Christian singer Amy Grant's keyboardist, who admired Hannon's playing style and introduced him to Grant. She hired him, and he played with her on the road and at the 1992 Grammy Awards.
Between 1993 and 1996 Hannon performed on records by the Boy Choir of Harlem, Dawkins & Dawkins, O'Landa Draper and the Associates and Kelli Williams. He joined up with Jewel in 2000. Hannon had planned to focus on writing songs and producing other artists when he returned from the road with Jewel.
Although Jewel canceled her concert tour because of the tragedy, she plans to perform select solo acoustic shows, her publicist said.
Jewel's acoustic shows, according to her spokesperson:
- 9/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
- 9/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 9/26 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
- 9/27 - Boston, MA @ FleetBoston Pavilion
- 9/28 - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Farm
- 9/30 - Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center