The Rolling Stones have announced that guitarist Ron Wood has had a lesion removed from his lung and is expected to make a full recovery.
Wood had the keyhole surgery on Wednesday (May 24) a week before he turns 70 (June 1) and a week after his twin daughters celebrated their first birthday. The lesion was spotted during a routine physical and he'll need no further treatment, according to Stones representatives.
In a statement Wood, who's been ordered to give up smoking, said, "I'm so grateful for modern screening which picked this up so early, and would like to thank all the doctors who treated me."
Wood and the Stones begin a European tour on June 9 in Hamburg, Germany.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.