“I’m supposed to be dead!” So said Wilko in a recent interview, having been diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. But despite the doctors’ worst predictions he continued to perform and present himself with vigour and a new zest for life. In 2013, Wilko announced that, thanks to a second opinion and subsequent life-saving surgery, he was cancer-free.
The original Dr Feelgood guitarist is known for his incredible distinctive chopping guitar style. Wilko has gone on to find further success recently after teaming up with Roger Daltrey on 2014’s Going Back Home. An album of the year, it featured reworkings of songs from Wilko’s Dr Feelgood days such as “All Through The City” and “Going Back Home”.
The Wilko Johnson Band was formed with ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums, adding up to one of the most exciting R’n’B bands in the world today. In Sept 2017, Wilko celebrated his 70th birthday and 30th Anniversary by playing a sold out show at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London.
Wilko will be bringing Hugh Cornwell and his band with him in support. This electric band performance will feature songs spanning Cornwell’s career from early Stranglers to the current day.
As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA’s musical psyche with classic songs, including “Peaches”, “No More Heroes”, “Golden Brown”, “Nice N’ Sleazy”, “Always the Sun” and “Duchess”.
Dates (May 2018)
- 3rd – Bath Forum
- 4th – Oxford O2 Academy
- 5th – Norwich UEA
- 10th – Leeds (Stylus)
- 11th – Glasgow O2 ABC
- 12th – Manchester Academy
Header photo by Laurence Harvey