PeteWay640 Stef Lach of Classic Rock Magazine reports:

Bassist Pete Way has been given the all-clear after a battle with prostate cancer – and he says the experience has left him more ashamed than ever of his drug-addled past.

The former UFO, Ozzy Osbourne and Waysted bassist was diagnosed last year after he went to the doctor complaining of blood in his urine. It was that early decision to seek medical help that Way credits with saving his life.

But support group sessions left him thinking again about the fabled drug-fuelled antics of his past.

Way tells Team Rock, “I met some amazing people during my treatment. I had radiotherapy and all that stuff, and I’ll never be able to listen to an addict again tell me how hard it is to stop using. I’d say, ‘You’re fucking mad – just come down to the cancer club to put it all into perspective.’ I’m ashamed when I think of the things I did, testing every drug you can imagine.”

The 63-year-old, who’s been clean for four years, was given the good news this past Monday (July 28th). He admits, “I thought the blood in my pee must have been linked to the drugs I had taken down the years. When they said I had cancer I thought I was going to die. Then when they told me it was gone, it was a strange anticlimax – now I can’t use the cancer as an excuse for having a sore head.”

He continues, “I’m sad to say that I’ve lost touch with some of the people I met during my treatment. I have no idea if some of them are alive or dead. My heart goes out to them and their families. I was so lucky that I had symptoms, because some people don’t, and then it can be too late to treat. All men over 50 should go and get tested – it’s a simple procedure and it could save your life.”

Way’s solo album Walking On The Edge, which was put on hold during his health battle, is due for release later this year.


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  • ziggy stardust on

    That’s great news!!

  • Gus on

    Congratulations!!! may GOD bless you pete.

  • James K. on

    Good for Pete. I’m proud of him for kicking the drugs out of his life. I was more of a casual fan of UFO growing up, but one of my cousins was a psycho UFO fan and he got me listening to and loving the classic Schenker era albums.
    I’m one of those stubborn guys that hates going to the doctor but as I’ve gotten older I make myself go for check ups because God forbid if my doctor ever finds anything wrong with me I’d want it caught as early as possible. My dad died when he was 59 and that’s way too young. He hated going to the doctor to.

  • Lee on

    Guy has 9 lives….I gave him 2 years in ’83…he made Ace look like Gene clean.

  • I see a UFO !! on

    I’ve been a big fan of your work,and hope you keep rocking for many years to come, I also hope you will return to UFO and put some kick ass back into the band!!

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