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    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:29:42

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    Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones bassist from 1962-1993, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

    A spokesman for the musician said: "He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages," the BBC reports.

    He has also shared the news on Twitter:

    Wyman, who is 79, last reunited with the Rolling Stones at the band's 50th anniversary shows at London's O2 Arena in 2012.

    Prospects of Wyman rejoining the group on a permanent basis seem slim though. As the BBC notes, he has said he would not be interested in playing more shows with the Rolling Stones because he has "better things to do."

    "I left the Stones because their music really annoyed me, so why should I go listen to their music?" he told the German newspaper Bild in 1998.

    "When you're a Rolling Stone, you do nothing but Stones music. My life is more exciting since I'm not one." When he was one, he was contributing bass to one of the world's most beloved rock groups.

    The BBC also notes:

      The musician also claims credit for writing the classic guitar riff on Jumpin' Jack Flash.

      In his autobiography, Stone Alone, Wyman wrote: "I was just messing about at the piano and started doing this riff, da-daw, da-da-daw, da-da-daw, then Brian played a bit of guitar and Charlie was doing a rhythm. Mick and Keith came in and said, 'Hey, that sounded really good, what is it?'"

      However, he never got to play bass on the track, with Keith Richards laying down the guitar parts while Wyman played organ.

    Wyman's impact on the Rolling Stones' music is undeniable. We wish him the best of health.



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