Holy fuck. Not cool, man.
Leslie West — who, if you love metal, you have to respect for his insane guitar skills — has undergone surgery in Biloxi, Mississippi, according to the guitarist’s publicist.
West had flown in to Mississippi to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with his band Mountain. On Saturday, his leg began to swell, and seeing as he’s diabetic, he was rushed to the emergency room. He was diagnosed with the decision to go through an amputation in order to save his life. Surgery was a success, and the procedure removed his leg, up to the knee.
Fuck, that sucks. Poor Leslie.
West is expected to make a full recovery, and faces extensive rehabilitation. His family has requested that the public and media respect his privacy while he comes to terms with this life-changing transition.
Jesus. I can’t even imagine not having my leg one day. We wish you a speedy recovery, Leslie.
At age 65, West continues to remain current, as witnessed by the assemblage of legends joining him on his next album, which includes Billy Gibbons, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Lukather, alongside Kenny Aronoff. As West shared, “These guys don’t show up to play on everybody’s albums. They’re stars in their own right and fantastic players — everyone with their own sound and style, and about as far from ‘the usual suspects’ as it gets.”
The release date for The Unusual Suspects, and further information on West’s recovery will be released as it becomes known.