As Ronnie Wood reflects on another year, the Rolling Stones guitarist has been talking up his new healthy regime amid recent health scares.
Wood, who successfully beat lung cancer in 2017, has witnessed his drumming bandmate drummer Charlie Watts defeat throat cancer, overseen Keith Richards recover from a serious brain haemorrhage and, most recently, supported Mick Jagger through his heart surgery.
“After 50 years of chain smoking, my life was hanging by a thread, but I survived,” Wood told the British press.
“The doctors were able to remove the tumour from my left lung, thank God the cancer had not spread,” he added.
The 72-year-old, who joined The Rolling Stones in 1975, is grateful for the strength of his bandmates who have managed to recover from their personal incidents: “Not to forget Charlie, who had laryngeal cancer a few years ago, and Keith, with his heavy bleeding after falling from a palm tree. Everything went well, a big miracle,” he said.
“The Stones are simply indestructible.”
“Now my lungs are working like a young man who never smoked. I finally quit smoking four years ago. The ‘70s were by far my wildest time.”