According to Classic Rock, former UFO and WAYSTED bassist Pete Way has been given the all-clear after a battle with prostate cancer with which he was diagnosed last year.
The 63-year-old rocker tells the magazine: “I met some amazing people during my treatment.
“I had radiotherapy and all that stuff, and I’ll never be able to listen to an addict again tell me how hard it is to stop using. I’d say, ‘You’re fucking mad — just come down to the cancer club to put it all into perspective.’
“I’m ashamed when I think of the things I did, testing every drug you can imagine.”
Way told the publication that he diagnosed last summer during a routine check on his liver, which has been damaged over the years through hepatitis. The abdominal scan picked up the tumor on his prostate.
“I thought the blood in my pee must have been linked to the drugs I had taken down the years,” he said. “When they said I had cancer, I thought I was going to die. Then when they told me it was gone, it was a strange anticlimax — now I can’t use the cancer as an excuse for having a sore head.”
“I’m sad to say that I’ve lost touch with some of the people I met during my treatment. I have no idea if some of them are alive or dead. My heart goes out to them and their families.
“I was so lucky that I had symptoms, because some people don’t, and then it can be too late to treat.
“All men over 50 should go and get tested — it’s a simple procedure and it could save your life.
“This is prostate cancer. It’s not lung cancer. It’s not pancreatic cancer. If you’re going to get cancer, this is the best one you can have — and they caught it early.”
Pete‘s new solo album, “Walking On The Edge”, is tentatively due later in the year. It is being mixed by producer/engineer Mike Clink, who has previously worked with GUNS N’ ROSES and METALLICA.