By DJ Monk
Former Shy/TNT singer Tony Mills has revealed that he has received a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Mills, who had recently completed recording of his latest solo album, broke the news in a deeply personal and emotional Facebook post, saying:
“Cancer. Not only my birthsign, but now also my fate.
“Recently diagnosed, but far too late. I have suffered since the end of last year, shortly after a car crash before Christmas, which halted my digestive system and left me with internal pain that was difficult to isolate or fully understand.
“Various hospital visits found nothing from tests until I took myself to a private clinic in Oslo, where the doctor decided I was too unwell for normal scopes and I was scanned the following day.
“A tumour too old and large to be removable had been growing inside me for a year or so and was the cause of all my problems. It seems to me that the car crash definitely accelerated the growth and/or effects of this entity, otherwise I may still not even be aware of it. So, that’s that.
“Standing back from this for a moment, to look at my ensuing album release, I am grateful to the people around me that have been involved with my latest album, ‘Beyond the Law’, that will very obviously be my last written work as an artist.
“The timing was nothing short of a relief. I am glad it got finished in time.
“Certainly not least my wife Linda, Pete Newdeck, Harry Hess, Tommy Denander, Toine Vanderlinden, Josh ‘Tabbie’ Williams, Tony Forsythe and Chris Aldridge on the studio level and Pete Kotevski from Battlegod Productions Jon Løvstad, Alex Cooper, Avalon Music and Ivan Gunn for artistic support, finance and logistics.
“The record is delayed slightly, until June to help the different territories release simultaneously and assist the record in some success. I was planning a thirty year anthology of solo material next year (1990-2020); I have spoken to some of my colleagues and they may well organise that.
“With regard to what will happen in the short term, I don’t intend to do a lot; I gave up travelling after touring Spain three years ago, as I found it too tiring and it just felt like it was time to withdraw from such a public existence and get out of the spotlight. I have been a live performer in one fashion or another since 1978 and though many rockers paint the wrinkles and endeavour to recreate their long lost talents, that never interested me; I was always a believer in moving over for the youngsters and giving them their rightful opportunities while they were young and fit enough to do it with the energy that it requires.
“I have been writing and recording for three years, mainly for other artists, which I have enjoyed a lot and for whatever time I have left, (which I will no doubt be told in no uncertain terms very soon) I intend to carry on that practice and work around the farm with my wife and the animals we love.
“With little more to say for now, I will remain as sociable as possible for as long as I can, until it renders me incapable and then my wife will inform everyone of the eventualities.
“Thanks for your support during my time as a singer/songwriter; I met and worked with many of my heroes and I lived the dreams from when I was a starstruck teenager, against all odds and the advice of parents and teachers, who were all wrong.
There is not a lot we at ÜRHQ can add. Cancer is a bastard who has visited us all, and all too often. The Dark Queen is a four-time survivor. She is one of the very lucky ones. We wish Tony peace and comfort in what time remains for him, and can assure him that, at the end of his time, we will remember him through his music. Peace, honour and respect.