Rolling Stone Ron Wood has revealed that during the pandemic he’s battled back from another bout of cancer. The 73-year-old guitarist told Britain’s The Sun: “I’ve had cancer two different ways now. I had lung cancer in 2017 and I had small-cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown. I came through with the all-clear.” Small-cell carcinoma is a fast-growing type of lung cancer commonly caused by smoking.

The now-sober Wood spoke about what he’s been plotting while on lockdown: “I’m just as busy as ever but nowadays I can remember what I’m doing. The music is still throbbing away. I’ve got a new album recorded at the Royal Albert Hall with Mick Taylor and my band — a tribute to Jimmy Reed called Mr. Luck. I used to never stop. It must have been relentless to be around me, just crazy the stuff I did. I was erratic but none of my enthusiasm has gone.”

IN OTHER RON WOOD NEWS

Ron Wood will release a new signed, limited-edition print in support of Turn Up For Recovery, the charitable movement established to spread awareness of abstinence-based recovery through music founded by Eric Clapton‘s wife, Melia Clapton. According to the press release, “Affirmation I” is the first in a series of “vibrant Affirmation artworks” created by Wood and inspired by an important part of his personal recovery.
 
“Affirmations” are important tools in recovery, comprising short, positive messages that are repeated “to encourage change in the way we think and to help maintain emotional and mental resilience through this transformative period.”
 
Depicting a message of positivity and inspiration, the When I Take Care of Myself I Can Achieve Anything, print is signed by Ron Wood and available as a numbered edition of 500 priced at around $550, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Turn Up For Recovery.

Affirmation I is available to purchase starting at 3pm GMT, on Tuesday, (April 27th) via https://store.digitalstores.co.uk/ronniewood
 
Ron Wood said in a statement:

Affirmations have become a really valuable part of my recovery and have always really inspired me along the way. I know how hard it must’ve been for a lot of people who couldn’t get to meetings during lockdown and who have had a really challenging time during this past year. I know that painting and reading have certainly helped me this past twelve months.

I wanted to create this print in support for Turn Up For Recovery to highlight the incredible work they do. It really does make a huge difference to so many lives.”

SOURCE: Press release

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is Somebody Up There Likes Me, the new Ron Wood documentary. The career-spanning film directed by Mike Figgis, covers Wood’s life and career from making his bones in the mod-based mid-’60s London combo the Birds, through the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces, the Rolling Stones, and beyond.
  • Among the participants in the doc are Mick JaggerKeith RichardsCharlie Watts, and Rod Stewart.
  • Recently released is Wood’s latest solo set, titled, Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry. The set, which opens with a new original tune saluting the “Father of Rock N’ Roll” was caught live in 2018 with Wood’s backing band, His Wild Five, at Wimborne, England’s Tivoli Theatre.
  • The album is the first of a trilogy in which the Rolling Stones guitarist salutes one of his primary influences. 

CHECK IT OUT: Ron Wood’s 1979 video for Bob Dylan’s “Seven Days”: