Aerosmith Hamilton declared cancer free
All clear: Tom Hamilton
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has been told he’s free of cancer.
The 60-year-old was first diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer in 2006, when it was successfully treated. But the disease returned three years later, and since then he’d been receiving medical attention.
Now he reports he’s been given the all-clear.
Hamilton tells BackstageAxxxess: “I’m feeling really good. The doctor who treated me in 2009 said, ‘Listen, I can help you in a way that is going to preserve your way of life. But you’re going to have to come in here a lot afterwards for a long time.’
“I said, ‘Sign me up!’ I go in there about every two to three months. I get looked at by having the doctor put a scope down my throat. It’s a nerve-wracking process, but I don’t have to worry about it for a couple of months and I’m feeling great.”
Aerosmith recently marked the release of latest album Music From Another Dimension – which Hamilton admits should have been two albums – by playing a street concert in their home town of Boston.
Hamilton recalls: “Nobody really knew how it was going to go. The people who work for us were going crazy trying to get Commonwealth Avenue shut. We didn’t know if there would be 2000 or 50,000. In the end, it was about 30,000 people. My God, what a shock!
“After we had a little ceremony, a flatbed truck pulled up with all of our gear on it. They rolled up the shade on each side of the truck and there we were – we had a stage. We out there and played for about 45 minutes.”
The band are trying to make closer connections with their fans, and one of their methods is offering VIP concert tickets.
“You get a great seat for the show,” says Hamilton. “You get a tour backstage where you see how the whole thing is put together. Following that, Joey, then Brad, then I go up and talk for a while – and hopefully talk about things that people are interested in knowing about. Then we take questions.
“There is always a percentage of your fans who would really love to do that. We knew that for years and years, but felt that shouldn’t be a part of the parade of events happening on show day.
“Then you start thinking about it then you go, ‘Wow, these people are as interested in this as I am, basically!’ So it became an inspiration. We’ve been doing it now for most of the last year. It seems to be going really well and I’m definitely enjoying it. I’m pretty sure the fans are too.”
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