The former Oasis rhythm guitarist Bone recently talked about not being able to play the Etihad & Knebworth gigs due to his cancer battle. He also revealed that he will rejoin Liam Gallagher on tour.
Bonehead talks about missing the gigs
Bonehead was “devastated” to miss out on Liam Gallagher’s landmark solo gigs last year.
The former Oasis frontman played iconic shows at Knebworth and the Etihad last summer, but the rhythm guitarist – whose real name is Paul Arthurs – had to take a step back from performing as he received treatment for tonsil cancer.
Speaking to Radio X’s Toby Tarrant during his Bonehead’s Bank Holiday show, he said:
“I missed loads. I missed Knebworth, the Etihad Stadium… I was devastated… all of it, but I’m back with Liam starting in June.”
“Our first gig is some festival in Belgium [Rock Werchter 2023] I think on the back end of June,” he added on the special Radio X show. “It’s not a massive. It’s not a heavy schedule. You know, he’s just had two hips done. We’re two old men aren’t we?”
“So it’s not a heavy itinerary, which is good probably, but starting in June we’ll do a few festivals in Europe. We’ll do Boardmasters festival here and then out to Japan, which is gonna be brilliant, because I’ve not been out there since I was in Oasis”.
The Manchester rocker also opened up about his battle with cancer and revealed that although he was given the all-clear, it was a “tough year.”
The 57-year-old explained:
“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.”
“I’m being looked after,” he added. “I’m being monitored, it has gone, and I’m getting back, I’m about 98% back to fitness. There’s a few things that I’ll never get back to normal, but you know so what? There’s things that you can live with. It was a tough tough year.”