Ronnie Wood Reveals Recent Lockdown Battle with Cancer: ‘I Came Through with the All-Clear’

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In a recent interview with the U.K. tabloid The Sun, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood opened up regarding a recent medical issue that he dealt with at a point during the past year or so of lockdown: A second bout with cancer.

Said the 73-year-old to 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,” revealing that, “I came through with the all-clear.”

Wood, an active proponent of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, credited his years in rehab as providing the perspective necessary to withstand the diagnosis and the demands of recovery. As he told the Sun:

“I’m going through a lot of problems now, but throughout my recovery, you have to let it go. And when you hand the outcome over to your higher power, that is a magic thing. … That brings you back to the (AA and NA’s) Serenity Prayer: ‘Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change’. That’s incredible. What will be will be, it’s nothing to do with me. … All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it, and the rest is up to my higher power.”

In June 2020, Ronnie Wood was the focus of a feature interview from Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate. In their chat, Wood discussed his artistic hobbies outside of his musical experiences, and touched on the “clarity” his time in rehab and sobriety has provided him in the concert setting:

“A new clarity of approach, coming with my sobriety, I think. That’s an amazing plus for me, because I can play anything without a drink or dope. It’s a wonderful feeling to still feel excited about a show, but I don’t have to reach for false stimulants to get me through, you know? That’s a big plus.”

Ronnie Wood also has a new art print that he unveiled Monday as a contribution to Turn Up for Recovery, the charitable movement established to spread awareness of abstinence-based recovery through music founded by Melia Clapton:

More on that, per a news release:

Affirmation I is the first in a series of vibrant Affirmation artworks created by the artist and Rolling Stones guitarist, inspired by an important part of his personal recovery.

Affirmations – important tools in recovery – are short, positive messages 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, When I Take Care of Myself I Can Achieve Anything, the print is signed by Ronnie and available as a numbered edition of 500 priced at £399, with 50% of the proceeds going to Turn Up For Recovery.

Ronnie comments, “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.”


  • David Maceira says:

    All the best in the world to you Ronnie. Positive affirmations are what I believe helped three of my family member’s beat cancer.

  • Kevin says:

    I’m so glad that Ronnie is healthy! I’m looking forward to seeing him with The Stones in concert again in the near future. A a fellow person in recovery, I can appreciate the difficulty of the lockdown in the past year. I applaud Ronnie’s efforts to use his art to help and encourage people with whatever challenges they are facing. Good on ya!

  • Todd R. says:

    Ronnie warmed my heart when I was vacationing in Hawaii, somehow I stumbled into an art gallery showing his works. I was stunned. As if his guitar talent wasn’t enough for one man. Ever since – I’ve loved seeing him express and connect visually as well as through his Stones swagger. Much love RW. Paint on.

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