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WILKO JOHNSON to play four UK farewell concerts Print E-mail
Friday, 18 January 2013 12:19

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Wilko Johnson will perform four farewell UK concerts during March 2013. The announcement follows last week’s news that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and has chosen not to undergo chemotherapy.

 

Says Wilko’s manager, Robert Hoy, “The four UK dates represent an opportunity for Wilko to express his sincere thanks to his fans for all the support he has had over his long career.”

 

Dates are:

 

London Koko - March 6
Bilston Robin 2 - March 7
Holmfirth Picturedrome - March 8
Glasgow o2 ABC - March 9

 

Tickets go on sale Monday January 21. Ticket info: http://bit.ly/Vb6XPs.

 

The four UK dates represent a series of farewell concerts for Wilko. After returning from a tour of Japan, Wilko plans to record a new studio album, and will also release a live DVD from 2012’s UK tour. He is also planning a short tour of France.

 

In addition to pioneering Dr. Feelgood’s iconic mid-seventies, pre-punk British R&B sound, by 1980 Johnson moved on as the guitarist for Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Today, Johnson’s own band includes Blockheads members - Norman Watt-Roy (bass guitar) and Dylan Howe (drums).

 

In 2009 Johnson featured in Julien Temple’s Oil City Confidential; a fascinating full-length feature film documentary about Dr. Feelgood. The film received many accolades including the MOJO Vision Award at the MOJO Honours List 2010.

 

Dr. Feelgood originally formed in 1971 as a British pub rock band from Canvey Island, Essex. Their name derived from a slang term for heroin or for a doctor who was willing to overprescribe drugs. It is also a reference to a 1962 record “Dr. Feel-Good” by the American blues pianist/singer Willie Perryman (nicknamed "Piano Red"), which Perryman originally recorded under the name of Dr. Feelgood & The Interns.