Roy Wood in five-hour surgery hell
Roy Wood is hoping his years of agony are behind him after undergoing five hours of surgery on his back in a private hospital.
The Move, ELO and Wizzard icon had let live appearances slip and had even abandoned recording work due to the pain, which he calls “indescribable”.
But Wood, 66, thinks he’s on the mend, and he’s planning to mark the 40th anniversary of Wizzard’s smash-hit perennial I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day with a UK tour next month.
He tells the Birmingham Mail: “I had two slipped discs, another which was damaged, and stenosis – a narrowing of the spinal canal. The problems made me feel as if I was having painful electric shocks shooting down my legs.
“It had a big impact of my life; I wasn’t able to do half the things I wanted to do, and it kept me on the sidelines. It was so frustrating.
“I did a few gigs but I couldn’t stand up on stage all the way through them. I had to sit on a high stool – and that just meant more problems. A lot of my songs are hard to sing and you simply can’t sing them sitting down because you can’t hit the high notes properly. Even Pavarotti would have found it difficult.”
Wood blames his problems on years of on-stage athletics, slinging guitars round his neck, a serious car crash and spending long periods bent over mixing desks and computers.
“I booked into the Priory Hospital in Birmingham for an operation,” he says. “They were at it for five hours with two surgeons working on me.
“They took the filling out of three of my discs and replaced it with man-made stuff. I had to have part of my spine shaved away because it was trapping my nerves and giving me severe sciatica.
“They did an absolutely brilliant job. I cannot thank them enough. I still get back pain, but I think a lot of that is down to the fact I underwent invasive surgery, and hopefully that will mend over time.”
Roy Wood’s Rock And Roll Band tour the UK during December:
Dec 08: London O2 Academy
Dec 09: Busy St Edmunds Apex
Dec 10: Warrington Pyramid & Parr Hall
Dec 12: Bilston Robin 2
Dec 16: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Dec 18: Holmfirth Picturedrome
Dec 19: Sheffield City Hall
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