Paul Revere, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, thanked fans Aug. 15 in a lengthy statement on his Facebook page for their prayers during his recent health difficulties. The lengthy statement, with touches of humor, said the prayers have helped.
“Hey kids, it’s me, Paul Revere!
“That’s right, I’m still alive and still kickin’! The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated, but I won’t lie to you, I got my butt kicked but good. If you live long enough you’re going to get something, and over the past 75 years I've had just about everything you can get – 2 types of cancer (beat em both!), rotator cuff surgery (killed it!), hysterectomy (don’t ask) and on and on – there’s always maintenance and repair in this band, now it's my turn. Again!
“I don’t want to get into the details but let’s just say, it ain't fun. It’s been rough getting through the last few shows but I would do whatever it takes to avoid missing a show. I'm giving it my all, and then some, and the band tells me I’ve been even more awesome than usual. Of course, I do have the gun.
“I want to thank you all for the prayers, they’re working! You people must be in good with the Lord because I’m feeling better and stronger every day.”
His former singing partner, Mark Lindsay, had mentioned Revere's health problems Aug. 13, also on Facebook.
“It now seems, unfortunately, that my old partner Paul Revere – with whom I used to share outrageous wild dreams of being a successful rock & roll band – is now fighting a tremendous heath battle. Please keep Paul and his wife Syd in your thoughts and prayers, as it's a most difficult time for both of them and the whole Raider family.”
Revere concluded his statement by saying he's looking forward to being back on the road.
“I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to all of our upcoming shows, it’s what I live for! I mean, performing for you is literally what I live for, and that’s no joke. So, keep the prayers coming, and keep me alive long enough to come to your town a couple more times. I promised my guys I was going to live to be 100 and to plan accordingly. Now I’ve got to keep my promise.
“I love you all,
Jim Valley, who was a member of the group under the nickname Harpo, posted his best wishes on Facebook. "I've called Paul the 'George Burns of Rock n Roll' so hopefully he'll carry on and on!"