Alice Cooper, Lou Reed Guitarist Dick Wagner Suffering Lung Infection
Dick Wagner and Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed Guitarist Dick Wagner Suffering Lung Infection

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on July 16, 2014

in News

Guitarist Dick Wagner, who is best known for his work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, has been hospitalized for a blocked artery and further complications.

Wagner went into the hospital on July 8 with breathing difficulties, leading to a washing out of his lungs and the cleaning of a major artery, restoring 30% of the blood flow. Unfortunately, Dick continues to have a bad lung infection that his necessitated further treatment. He had played his last date on July 2 in Windsor, ON.

The guitarist has had some serious health problems over the last few years including a heart attack, kidney failure and a misdiagnosis of dementia.

Wagner’s long career has included his first band, The Frost, which recorded three albums for Vanguard Records, Ursa Major with a young Billy Joel and Rick Mangone, Lou Reed’s band, playing on Berlin and Rock and Roll Animal and Alice Cooper’s band for which he wrote the hits Only Women Bleed, I Never Cry and You and Me. His duelling guitars with Steve Hunter can be heard on Aerosmith’s Train Kept A Rollin’ and he was brought in by Aerosmith to play on tracks from Destroyer and Revenge.

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