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Rockers' thank-you to brain unit
The line-up of Man in 2000
Micky Jones (second right) is back on the road after three years
One of Wales' most enduring rock bands will play a gig for a neurosurgery unit where guitarist Micky Jones was treated for a brain tumour.

Man, who emerged in Swansea in 1968, will headline a charity concert in Llanelli later this month for the department at Morriston Hospital.

The band has just kicked-off a UK tour - the first for Jones in three years since the tumour was found.

He said it is the least he can do for the hospital which saved his life.

It had been there 10 to 15 years - it was the size of an apple apparently.
Micky Jones

"About three years ago I got a lump on the front of my head," said Jones, 58.

"They did a scan at Singleton Hospital and I then went straight to the neurosurgery unit at Morriston.

"I asked the consultant how long he thought it had been there and he said 10 to 15 years - it was the size of an apple apparently."

Festival circuit

The operation to remove it was a success but he had a two year wait until a titanium plate was fixed over the hole in his head made during surgery.

This meant he had to give up playing gigs and it is only now he is healthy enough to get back on the road.

"The hospital was fantastic - they saved my life," he said.

Man formed in Swansea 36 years ago when the city was enjoying a healthy music scene.

During the 1970s the band gained increasing fame and renown on the festival circuit at home and in Europe and still play gigs on the continent.

Although known as a touring band Man have also recorded 19 albums and CDs during their career.

Corncrackers

The only other original member playing alongside Jones today is bassist Martin Ace.

They have been joined Jones' son Gareth, drummer Bob Richards and Gareth Thorrington on keyboards.

"We started a British tour last week and we keep going until December 29," added Jones.

"It's something that I love doing and I can't do anything else.

"Last Saturday we were up in Glasgow, I think we are in Swindon tonight. We play Thursday, Friday, Saturdays and sometime Sundays and have the rest of the week off.

"The audience is quite mixed - we've got a lot of young people, some middle aged people and even a few who are as old as me."

Former Man guitarist Deke Leonard, who has left the line-up to follow solo projects, will be reforming another of his bands - The Corncrackers - for the charity appearance in Llanelli.

Man play Llanelli's Calsonic Club on 22 October and the Corncrackers play the same venue on 19 November. They also play the Patti Pavilion, Swansea on 18 December as part of their UK tour.


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