By Alex HudsonPogues guitarist Philip Chevron is a cancer survivor, having received treatment for head and neck cancer back in 2007. Sadly, the disease has now returned, and this time it appears to be terminal.
Chevron and his doctors reportedly found a new tumour last August. This one is inoperable, since it's in a position that would likely cause a stroke if treated. His life expectancy is currently unknown, but the six-stringer reportedly hopes to continue his musical output in the meantime.
An official statement Hot Press regarding Chevron's cancer reads as follows:
The head and neck cancer for which he received treatment in 2007 and a clean bill of health in April 2012 has in fact returned. In August 2012, Philip and his doctors noticed a new tumour and this one is in a position whereby treatment is seriously ill-advised and would almost certainly cause a stroke or worse. The cancer is, in short, inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy. Chevron, who was last year part of the releases The Pogues In Paris and The Radiators' Sound City Beat, is currently taking a break from both bands. The Pogues are on a prolonged time out, emerging only in support of matters relating to their 30th anniversary this year, while the Radiators From Space have formed a splinter group, The Trouble Pilgrims, in which Chevron plays no part. In recent times, Chevron has accepted several theatre music commissions, including the Old Vic Theatre in London and Galway's Druid Theatre.
Philip thanks his friends, colleagues, family and management team for their enduring support and hopes to make some notable musical contributions before, as he puts it, the cancer becomes "lethal."
Chevron is also the lead singer of the trailblazing Irish punk band the Radiators from Space. He co-founded that band in the '70s and later met Shane MacGowan, joining the Pogues in the mid-'80s. Chevron has played on celebrated albums like Rum Sodody & the Lash and If I Should Fall from Grace with God, the latter of which includes the Christmas classic "Fairytale of New York."
Chevron participated in the Pogues post-millennial reunion, while the Radiators from Space have continued to play on and off, and released the album Sound City Beat in 2012.