Oasis Founding Guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs Shares His Cancer Diagnosis
Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, 56, founding guitarist of Oasis, has revealed he has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer and will be retiring from music and touring. Arthurs was due to reunite and perform with former Oasis bandmate Liam Gallagher at the Knebworth Festival in England on June 4 and several additional shows.
“I’m going to take a break for a while,” Arthurs tweeted on April 26. “I was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, but the good news is that it is treatable and I will be starting new treatment too.”
The guitarist said he was “disgusted” to miss his upcoming shows with Gallagher and assured fans he would keep them updated on his treatment progress.
In a message, Gallagher sent his love to his former bandmate and friend. “Send great love to the [one and] Only Bonehead and family,” Gallagher tweeted, “wishing you a speedy recovery. We are all thinking of you rasta. You’ll be back on stage before you can say we’re doing Colombia LG.
Arthur’s history with the Gallaghers began with their band Rain, which later evolved into Oasis when Liam was recruited as lead singer in 1991 along with his brother Noel Gallagher, who later joined as songwriter -main composer and recorded group hits like “Champagne Supernova”. and “Live Forever” as well as Oasis’ 1994 debut Definitely maybe, What is the story in 1995 Morning Glory? and the 1997 version be here now before leaving the band in 1999 while recording their fourth album, Standing on the shoulder of giants. Oasis officially disbanded in 2009.
Over the years Arthurs has played with the band Moondog One, which includes Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce of the Smiths, as well as recording and playing in Liam Gallagher’s band over the years.