Drummer Lee Kerslake Vows to ‘Bloody Well Beat’ His Cancer Diagnosis
Classic Rock magazine quotes Kerslake as saying his most recent feedback from doctors indicates he's turned a corner in his treatment. "I have had numerous tests and have been told by my specialists that I will be around for a good while yet — meaning years," he noted. "My bone and prostate cancer can be controlled for me to live pretty much a normal life — after all, I kicked my diabetes into remission, so I will bloody well beat this."
Kerslake, who turns 69 next year, vowed that his recent health issues won't keep him from getting behind the kit. "I still have a lot of loyal fans to play to, which I intend to do in the coming years. I also want a big spread on my 80th," he added. "Love you all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Even while battling cancer, Kerslake has stayed busy in recent months. As previously reported, he joined his former bandmates in Uriah Heep for a one-off gig in Moscow earlier this year, playing alongside former Heep guitarist and keyboardist Ken Hensley during a two-hour set celebrating many of the venerable band's greatest hits. His latest studio release, 2014's The Sun Has Gone Hazy, found Kerslake collaborating with Company of Snakes singer Stefan Berggren.
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