Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs has opened up about his battle with tonsil cancer in 2022 and revealed it was a ‘tough, tough year’,” according to the former Oasis rhythm guitarist who co-hosted Bonehead’s Bank Holiday on Radio X.
Arthurs updated fans about his health and shared stories from the band’s career. Speaking to Radio X’s Toby Tarrant, Arthurs confirmed he was cancer-free as of last September and said, “I was diagnosed last year sort of March with tonsil cancer, so it was tough, a tough year to say the least, but finished treatment on June 24th, three months after that I got the all-clear… I’m under the care of the Christie Hospital, which is the cancer hospital up in Manchester. For the next five years, I’m under their care, which is the best care.”
The musician also revealed he is “98% back to fitness” and grateful to be alive, but admitted there are some things he’ll never get back. Despite uncertainty over an Oasis reunion, Arthurs said he would participate for the sake of younger fans who were not around during the band’s heyday.
He stated: “Never say never, I would say. Realistically? I don’t know. Liam’s (Gallagher) got his solo career. As has Noel (Gallagher). I don’t know, you’re asking the wrong person. But I’d love to see it. Some days you wake up and think Nah, there’s no need for it. It’s been done. But when I’m on stage with Liam Gallagher as a solo artist, and I come out and we play Rock ‘N’ Roll Star and the place erupts. People are bouncing higher and harder than they did at some of the gigs back in the day.”
While a scare like this should never be taken lightly, it’s shocking that Liam Gallagher nor Noel Gallagher have thought about a reunion after knowing a friend was in pretty hefty waters.