Show axed after cancer shock

Jim Cregan, from right, with the band.
Jim Cregan, from right, with the band.
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Rod Stewart’s guitarist Jim Cregan has had to cancel a date at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion next month after being diagnosed with cancer.

The musician, who was touring with Cregan & Co., with hits from 1977 to the present day fronted by former X Factor contestant Ben Mills.

The tour was due to stop off on the Fylde on Sunday, March 15, but Jim was recently told he had prostate cancer.

Jim said: “‘We’ve found cancer in your prostate’, and with those seven words a whole new world opened up.

“Like a lot of guys, my life is paved with good intentions.”

Friends of his from the music industry had urged him to get check ups, following their own diagnoses.

“So here we are,” Jim added. “I’m waiting for the final results of an MRI which will tell the doctors how to treat it.

“I feel confused, worried, hopeful, and more in touch with what matters than a few weeks ago. The outpouring of love and kindness from so many people is an eye opener.

“I’m sorry that we’ve had to postpone all the gigs for March while this is going on. Soon I’ll start treatment which I’m hopeful will lead to a full recovery and I’ll be back doing what I enjoy most, performing with this great band in May and on tour in October.”

Jim’s worked as Rod’s musical director, co-producer and co-writer on hits such as Passion, Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me) and Forever Young.