Reports have circulated recently suggesting that Paul Revere, the leader and keyboardist of ’60s pop-rock group Paul Revere and the Raiders, is seriously ill. Now, the 75-year-old musician has come forward to update fans about his health.
In a good-humored message posted on the group’s official website, Revere confirms that he has been sick, but insists that he’s not in as bad shape as media reports have implied.
“That’s right, I’m still alive and still kickin’!” he declares in the note. “The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated, but I won’t lie to you, I got my butt kicked but good.”
Revere then points out that he’s faced numerous health problems over the years, explaining that he’s “had just about everything you can get — 2 types of cancer (beat em both!), rotator cuff surgery (killed it!), hysterectomy (don’t ask) and on and on.”
While Revere refrains from revealing what current illness he’s battling, he asserts, “Let’s just say, it ain’t fun.” He adds, “It’s been rough getting through the last few shows but I would do whatever it takes to avoid missing a show.”
Revere goes on to thanks his fans for saying prayers for him, pointing out that “they’re working [because] I’m feeling better and stronger every day.”
He finishes the message by appealing to fans to “keep the prayers coming,” explaining that he’s promised his band mates that he “was going to live to be 100 and to plan accordingly.”
Paul Revere and the Raiders, of course, scored a string of big hits from the mid ’60s through the early ’70s, including “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing” and the chart-topping “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).” You can check out all of the band’s upcoming scheduled concerts at PaulRevereandtheRaiders.com.
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