Rod Stewart is opening up about his battle with prostate cancer. On Saturday, the 74-year-old singer revealed that he’d gotten the all clear from his doctors while attending a fundraiser in Surrey, England, for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation charities. Stewart said he was given the thumbs-up from his doctors in July after being diagnosed in 2016.
Former Faces bandmates Ron Wood and Kenney Jones supported Stewart at the event, where they jammed with him on some of Stewart’s most beloved hits, according to Stewart’s spokesperson. “She said tonight would be a nice night to come out the closet… no, it’s not what you think!” Stewart told the crowd in a video of the event shot by his wife, Penny Lancaster.
“Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. No one knows this, but I thought it was about time I told everybody,” he said to whoops from the crowd. “I’m in the clear now because of… I caught it early. But I have so many tests and things… Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor… finger up the bum, no harm done.” Stewart thanked his friends, noting that both Wood (lung) and Jones (prostate cancer) have also battled cancer in the past. Prostate cancer, which typically affects men over 50, is the fourth most commonly diagnosed type of cancer worldwide.
“If you’re positive and you work through it and keep a smile on your face,” said Stewart, dressed in tight black trousers and a glittery lame jacket, his blond hair teased up as always. “I’ve worked for two years and just been happy and the good lord looked after me.” The band then kicked into Stewart’s iconic hit “Maggie May.”