Wilko Johnson announces farewell UK concerts
Story by Jack Foley
WILKO Johnson, guitarist and founding member of Dr. Feelgood, will perform four farewell concerts in the UK during March 2013.
The news follows last week’s official statement on Wilko’s Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and has chosen not to undergo chemotherapy.
Wilko’s manager, Robert Hoy, said: “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.”
The dates are (all March 2013)….
6 – London Koko
7 – Bilston Robin 2
8 – Holmfirth Picturedrome
9 – Glasgow o2 ABC
Tickets will go on sale from Monday, January 21.
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).