BIG Music News: Rolling Stones health scare

THE ROLLING STONES:  Ronnie Woods on the road to recovery

Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones has revealed that he recently survived a serious cancer scare.

In an interview with Britain's Daily Mail, Wood says he's "had a fight with a touch of lung cancer. There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains, time to say goodbye." He goes on to detail how he was diagnosed three months ago, the uncertainty that followed that news and why he refused chemotherapy.

  • The cancer on his left lung was discovered by the Rolling Stones physician during a routine checkup.
  • Wood describes the week he waited to find out if it had spread as "the worst seven days" of his life.
  • He says that whatever happened he wasn't going to undergo chemo -- for fear of losing his hair. He recalls that, "A week later they came back with the news that it hadn’t spread and I said, 'Let’s get it out now.' Just before I closed my eyes for the operation, I looked at the doctor and said, 'Let battle commence.'"

The 70-year-old father of six quit smoking a year ago, just before his twin daughters, Gracie and Alice, were born. He tweeted, "Thank you for all your words of support today. I'm feeling great and ready to see you on the road next month."

The Stones start their 13-show No Filter European tour on September 9th in Hamburg, Germany.


Queen’s tour with Adam Lambert ended Saturday in Houston, and Brian May shared on his website, “It is DONE !!! Thank you HOUSTON, the Cosmic City !!! And thank you all who gave us so much warmth and energy on these 26 episodes of QUEEN Rock in the USA. And thanks to Adam, without whom ... and to our truly magnificent crew. Au Revoir !!!”

Kevin Godley of 10cc has started a crowdfunding campaign for his first solo album, Muscle Memory.

Sting will join The Florida Orchestra at its 50th anniversary gala concert on December 9th at the  Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida. Proceeds will benefit the orchestra’s community and education programs.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lloyd Price -- best known for "Stagger Lee" and "Personality" -- will release the album This Is Rock and Roll on September 22nd. Selections include Carole King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and a pair of Fats Domino classics: "I'm Walkin'" and "Blueberry Hill."

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell will receive the Oh Yeah Legend Award, which recognizes the exceptional contributions of a musician or music industry figure from Northern Ireland. The ceremony is November 11th in Belfast.

Bruce Springsteen will try to release one live album through his archive program on the first Friday of each month. So far, 25 shows have been identified and approved.

Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Rod Stewart’s band had teamed with his brother and fellow drummer Vinny Appice  of Dio and Black Sabbath on their first joint album. Sinisterwill be out on October 27th.

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