Neil Lupin/RedfernsLast month, famed Cream drummer Ginger Baker canceled a planned U.S. tour with a new version of his early-'70s jazz-fusion group Air Force after he was diagnosed with serious heart problems. Now, Baker reports that he's being treated by a cardiologist who is optimistic about the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's chances of performing live again.
In a note posted Thursday on his official Facebook page, Ginger writes, "cardiologist is brilliant....yesterday he inserted a tube into the artery at my right wrist and fed it all the way to my heart....quite an experience....he was taking pictures of my heart from inside....amazing technology."
The message continues, "there are 2 options for surgery and depending on how strong my old lungs are they may do both....[The doctor] says he's going to get me playing again !!"
Baker finishes the message by thanking fans for their support.
In late February, upon revealing that his tour was being canceled, Baker wrote on his blog, "just seen doctor… big shock…. no more gigs for this old drummer…. everything is off…. of all things i never thought it would be my heart."
The tour was to have included a run of U.K. dates in April and a series of U.S. gigs in May.
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