Legendary guitarist Leslie West is now recovering in a Biloxi hospital after having part of his leg amputated. He flew in to
Mississippi to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with his band Mountain.
Then on Saturday, his leg began to swell, and as a diabetic he was rushed to the emergency room. It was then decided that an amputation would be necessary in order to save his life. Surgery was a success and the procedure removed his limb up to the knee. West is expected to fully recover and faces extensive rehabilitation.
The guitarist’s family has requested that the public and media respect his privacy while he comes to terms with this life-changing transition.
From the 1969 Woodstock Festival that placed his band Mountain in to musical history through his upcoming release, “The Unusual Suspects”, the age 65 year old, West continues to remain current, as witnessed by the level of artists joining him on his next album, which includes Billy Gibbons, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Lukather, alongside Kenny Aronoff. As West noted, “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” is unknown right now, but as soon as we get information on that and on West’s recovery, we’ll let you know. All the best…to Leslie West!