Paul Revere would like you to know that the rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The longtime leader of nostalgia-circuit staples Paul Revere and the Raiders took to Facebook on Aug. 15 to comment on recent reports that he's been "fighting a tremendous health battle" -- and although he did admit that he "got my butt kicked but good" by some sort of medical problem, he assured fans that he remains "still alive and still kickin'!"

In a note posted at the band's Facebook page, Revere explained, "If you live long enough, you’re going to get something, and over the past 75 years I've had just about everything you can get -- two types of cancer (beat 'em both!), rotator cuff surgery (killed it!), hysterectomy (don’t ask) and on and on -- there’s always maintenance and repair in this band, now it's my turn. Again!"

Revere declined to mention the specifics of his latest ordeal, merely adding, "Let's just say, it ain't fun. It’s been rough getting through the last few shows, but I would do whatever it takes to avoid missing a show. I'm giving it my all, and then some, and the band tells me I’ve been even more awesome than usual. Of course, I do have the gun."

The band has tour dates booked through next April, and Revere intends to make them all. "I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to all of our upcoming shows, it’s what I live for! I mean, performing for you is literally what I live for, and that’s no joke. So, keep the prayers coming, and keep me alive long enough to come to your town a couple more times. I promised my guys I was going to live to be 100 and to plan accordingly. Now I’ve got to keep my promise."

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