Ronnie Hawkins should be dead. After battling pancreatic cancer–one of the worst and most virulent cancers there is–he’s still alive a dozen years after his diagnosis. Joni Mitchell may still be in rough shape, but people are hopeful that she’ll recover from her brain aneurysm. And Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode was technically dead from a drug overdose but was arrived by EMS personnel.
We tend to focus on musicians who died: Kurt, Jimi, Jim, Janis, Amy and so on. But what about those who faced death and beat it? The Independent picks up on the thread of rock stars who despite serious odds have cheated death.