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Back on January 20th, former WHITESNAKE/TRAPEZE guitarist, Mel Galley, annonced:

"It is with regret that I have to announce the postponement of my two shows scheduled for the end of March. This is due to me having to undergo surgery to remove a tumour that has been found in my oesophagus. At this stage I have no other details I can give as I am awaiting further tests."

Today, the following report comes from Britain's

World-famous Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley is seriously ill with cancer, the 59-year-old Staffordshire musician has revealed today.

The rock legend from Cannock has broken the devastating news to friends that he only has a short time to live after recently being diagnosed with the disease. It comes just a month before the star was due to take to the stage again with a new band after years away from the spotlight.

Mel said: “It happens, but I’ve had a fantastic life. I have been very lucky. I have seen some great bands, and played with many great musicians. And I have enjoyed some tremendous experiences. I am thankful that I can say a proper goodbye to all the friends I have made, who are now rallying round me.”

I hope no one is offended by me posting this, but MEL is a hero of mine and he did work with John and I thought a few of us would want to know.  I know Glenn (Hughes) who Mel has been friends with since childhood?  Is probably Devastated by this.  Mel is one of the nicest guys in rock and for this to happen to him, is so unfair.  The bravery he is expressing now is unbelievable.  Needless to say, I am terribly upset.  Sorry, if I am getting to emotional.


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This is so sad, Mel is such a good guy. I am glad you shared this.


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I'm also glad that you shared this news.  I remember sharing the news of Benjamin Orr's pancreatic cancer with many other Cars fans who had no idea that he was ill, hence we "rallied" around Ben when he needed support during his last months.  I'm extremely sorry to hear about Mel's diagnosis, which saddens me greatly, but at the very least he will have the opportunity to connect with everyone in his circle, past and present.  He sounds as though he's at peace with the cards that were dealt to him (very brave soul)...yet it still seems so unfair.  As for Glenn Hughes, he just lost another close friend (Kevin DuBrow) so this unfortunate news must be extraordinarily painful for him, not to mention JW and a host of other people who've known Mel. 


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This is such sad news. Thanks for making us aware, so sad.


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Mel is a great guy.
I can still picture the day I met him and Glen Hughes at the Cains Ballroom in Tulsa a few years ago.

I don't know what else to say,I'm lost for words.

Much Love to him



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This was brought up on the Whitesnake site, too...We all "wish him well".  This is very sad.  He was a major contributor to the big Whitesnake break-out album in the U.S., "Slide It In", which is also one of my very favorite albums of theirs.

"Don't try to stop me...I am a professional!!!" -- DAVID COVERDALE
"NO! We are not an English rock band...We are albatross salesmen from Huddersfield" -- IRON MAIDEN

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God Bless all of you for your kindness.  Thank you.  Here is the latest

UK-based guitar legend Mel Galley (WHITESNAKE, TRAPEZE, PHENOMENA) - who announced he was ill with cancer on February 7th - has issued the following statement:

"Well, as some of you may already have read in the press or seen/heard on other websites, the verdict from the doctors following a full MRI scan is that my condition is terminal. Rather than sit around feeling sorry for myself I intend to make the most of the time I have left with my family and friends. I am blessed with a fantastic wife and two sons who I am very proud of. For now I am just aiming to make my 60th birthday in March.

I have enjoyed a great life, travelled the world having some amazing experiences, met all sorts of people and played with some of the best musicians there are.

Back in the late 60s when I first started playing in local bands I never imagined how far I would go and the shows I would play. I seemed to tour non-stop with Glenn and Dave in TRAPEZE in the early 70s. We supported THE KINKS and THE MOODY BLUES while still very young men, had people like John Bonham come on and do encores with us, and the likes of ZZ Top as our support act. We loved to play live and the fans seemed to love us, especially in the Southern States of the USA - HELLO TEXAS!

Playing on the same bill as THE EAGLES and THE ROLLING STONES, with MONTROSE opening, in front of 100,000 fans in Dallas in 1975 and headlining the 1983 Monsters of Rock Festival while in Whitesnake are two shows that I will treasure. There have been so many highlights that it's impossible to name them all.

The albums Trapeze recorded have, in my opinion, stood the test of time very well indeed. Each one has its own special moments and writing and playing with each line-up was enjoyable, rewarding and fun. Glenn still occasionally throws in a Trapeze song during his shows and they sound as fresh as if written yesterday. That tells me how good they are. The fact that he has always had one of the most amazing voices you have ever heard helps too! God Bless You Glenn.

Due to my arm injury my time in Whitesnake sadly only resulted in one album. Playing with those guys was a buzz and both line-ups I was involved in contained tremendous musicians. I'm sure John Sykes and I could have written some great songs together. It was so nice to meet him again recently over 20 years later and to see him still playing the same Gibson as back then.

Over the last 12 months, since the launch of my page and the Trapeze page, I have regained my love for playing and taken real pleasure from reading the comments and messages you have all left. I have heard from people I had lost touch with years ago. It has been fantastic and I thank you all. I honestly didn't realize the amount of people out there who still remember or have discovered my
music. I just wish I could have had the chance to play the shows I had planned for this year.

Thank you all so much for your love and support over the years.

You Are The Music – I was just in a band!"

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Mmmm. What can one say? 

May God bless him with continued grace. Peace and prayers to he and his family.

+ A smile is a window on your face to show your heart is at home. (Anon) + The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth. (Albert Einstein) + You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. (George Bernard Shaw)

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I'm not sure what to say that wouldn't be trite, and I don't want to denigrate what was a beautifully issued statement.  He sounds like a courageous and yet humble soul, and I'm glad that his music has been a part of my life for a long time. 

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I'm very saddened to hear this.

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