Founding Bad Company and Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs is continuing to make progress in his recovery from a stroke last November, according to some recent reports.
Ralphs remains in a care home in England, according to a recent statement by a representative of the Mick Ralphs Band, and this week his Bad Company bandmate Paul Rodgers posted a photo of the two of them playing music together from a recent visit with the message, "Having a strum. Mick on ukulele and me on a mini May guitar very kindly given to Mick by Brian May."
Having a strum. Mick on ukulele and me on a mini May guitar very kindly given to Mick by Brian May. - Paul
Rodgers had also posted a photo from another visit earlier this month saying, "Great to see Mick yesterday doing so well. Sharp as a needle and funny as hell."
Great to see Mick yesterday doing so well. Sharp as a needle and funny as hell. - Paul
The Ralphs Band statement also said that the guitarist "is now settled in his care home, and his boys are still very much in attendance. He's finding the physio very tough, but is trying his very best. He sends his love to all, and thanks each and every one of you that sends...He loves to hear how things musical are doing, and news of Bad Co, Ian Hunter, and his Blues Band are very welcome, and brings a smile to his face. He's determined to get back on his feet again, which is very hard for the visitors to take, but we all stay very positive, and supportive. much love to you all."
Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, meanwhile, tells us that Ralph is facing a long road back, and probably won't play music full-time ever again:
"The only information I have is that he has paralysis on his left side, which is all indications of the stroke. I don't really want to comment any further 'cause I don't know, but given his age, which is 72, the prognosis is not good...We pray for him and we wish him as best an outcome as is possible at that age. In terms of a career, it's not looking good for him, quite honestly."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.