Sunshine Coast News | Sue Gardiner
Within days of undergoing a liver transplant Mr Payten had recovered much of the vigour that living with hepatitis A since his 20s had stolen from him.
"The transplant has given me such a new lease on life," he said.
The English-born 63-year-old, who used to be a session musician for legendary acts like Fleetwood Mac, feels so good these days he's relaunched a music career cut short by his illness.
He helps manage two local bands and still straps on a guitar a couple of times a year to tour with English soft rockers Status Quo.
The transplant has given him something else in common with his old mate David Crosby from Crosby, Stills and Nash who had his own liver transplant in 1994.