Veteran musician Wilko Johnson is plotting a return to hit TV show Game Of Thrones after he recovers from cancer surgery.
The former Dr. Feelgood star appeared in the fantasy show as executioner Ser Ilyn Payne and he was last seen on screen in 2011, two years before he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Johnson defied doctors to continue working after his health news, and he is determined to bounce back after undergoing an operation in April (14) to remove a tumour from his pancreas.
His journalist friend Charles Shaar Murray has given an update on the star's condition, revealing he enjoyed an outing to the beach with a group of friends on Sunday (17Aug14) and is even eyeing a return to TV.
Murray writes in a post on Facebook.com, "Yesterday: a lovely Sunday afternoon by the seaside... to be precise, hanging out with Wilko Johnson and a bunch of his mates... Wilk's still in the comparatively early stages of recovery from his massive life-saving surgery, but he's in good spirits (though he's no longer drinking any), working hard to rebuild strength and stamina, itching to resume maltreating Telecasters (guitars) in public and even speculating on returning to Game of Thrones once Ser Ilyn Payne is no longer ill in pain and he's strong enough to wield the Big Sword once more. And he thanks all y'all for the good vibes."
The note was reposted on Johnson's own account with the message, "We just had to share this heartening update from the inimitable Charles Shaar Murray. As you can imagine, Wilko's still got a long way to go, but he's in good spirits and we must reiterate CSM's last line - he really does appreciate all the positive vibes."
Terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson has been discharged from hospital and is making "excellent progress" in his recovery after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour from his pancreas. The former Dr. Feelgood star, who has been suffering from inoperable pancreatic cancer since January, 2013, was admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England on 30 April (14) to undergo a nine-hour operation.
The surgery was a success, but Johnson was kept under doctors' care for several weeks to ensure he didn't experience any complications. He has since been allowed to go home and now a representative for the musician has shared an update with fans on his Facebook.com page.
Thanking fans for their ongoing support, the rep writes, "We're sure you will be as delighted as we are that after making excellent progress at Addenbrooke's over the last few weeks, Wilko is now convalescing back at his home.
"Naturally after such an extensive procedure, Wilko is extremely tired, and it will take him some time to recuperate, so he asks that you respect his privacy, but we had to share this incredibly positive news.
"On behalf of Wilko and his family, another huge thank you for your magnificent support over recent months - it really means a great deal to Wilko - and please join us in thanking the staff at Addenbrooke's for everything they have achieved in some extremely difficult circumstances."
Johnson's pal Roger Daltrey previously revealed the ailing rocker had started to use his downtime to write songs for a new joint album with The Who star following the March (14) release of their collaborative project, Going Back Home.
Wilko Johnson is working on tracks for a new album with Roger Daltrey just weeks after undergoing major surgery as part of his cancer battle. The former Dr. Feelgood star, who was diagnosed with the disease in January, 2013, is recovering after doctors removed a tumour from his pancreas last month (Apr14), and his friend Daltrey has revealed the brave musician is already "bored" as he rests up.
The Who rocker, who released a collaborative album with Johnson, Going Back Home, in March (14), has urged his friend to start working on new material for a second record to take his mind off the recovery process.
He tells Absolute Radio's Pete Mitchell, "The way I look at it is that I know that Wilko's recovery process is probably going to be six months. About two months in, he's already bored. I spoke to him yesterday and he's bored. I said to him, 'Come on, write some more songs, let's think of something, sort the songs out for the next record.'"
Daltrey predicts Johnson could be well enough to start recording very soon, adding, "I reckon two months in he'll at least have the strength to play, you know, get that boredom and all that angst out on the guitar. So the studio could be easy for him and it might be a nice stepping stone back to full recovery."
The full interview airs on Britain's Absolute Radio on Saturday night (17May14).
Rock legend Roger Daltrey is hopeful there is a "chance" terminally-ill musician Wilko Johnson will make a full recovery after undergoing pioneering surgery. The former Dr. Feelgood star, who was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in January, 2013, had major surgery last month (Apr14) to cut out a huge tumour on his pancreas.
His pal and collaborator Daltrey has now revealed Johnson is on the mend after undergoing the experimental operation, during which he had the tumour, his spleen, pancreas and parts of his intestines removed.
The Who frontman has even suggested Johnson could make a full recovery despite only being given months to live by doctors during his original diagnosis.
The Pinball Wizard singer tells the BBC, "He's in hospital. He's been in and out for two weeks, he's doing really well... He's lost an awful lot of his body, but he's still here. Which is one up from being dead.
"He's getting out of bed and grunting, which is exhilarating for him I'm sure, and we look forward to him making a full recovery... There is a chance (of a full recovery), but it's an operation that's never been tried before. He's an experiment. His whole life has been an experiment."
Daltrey also insists he is already planning to return to the studio with Johnson for a follow-up to their album Going Back Home, released in March (14).
He adds, "It's going to take a long, long time. But if he does (come back) we're going to make part two of the record that we rushed out."
Terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson is recovering in hospital after medics successfully removed a tumour from his pancreas. The former Dr. Feelgood star, who has been suffering from inoperable pancreatic cancer since January, 2013, was admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England on Wednesday (30Apr14) to undergo major surgery on the growth.
His management cancelled all public engagements, including a scheduled set at Glastonbury festival in June (14), and announced that Johnson would be "out of action for the foreseeable future".
Now his manager Lisa Climie has told fans the surgery went well and Johnson is recovering in hospital.
In a post on the musician's Facebook.com page on Friday (02May14), she writes, "Wilko is recovering following a nine hour operation on Wednesday in which doctors successfully removed a pancreatic tumour. The head of the medical team treating Wilko said that they were happy with his condition.
"Wilko will stay under very close observation for the next few days. Although cautiously optimistic the team have to stress that it is very early days yet.
"The family thank everyone for their good wishes and ask for some privacy at this time so they can support Wilko with his recovery in peace."
Terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson's public engagements have been cancelled after he underwent major surgery on Wednesday (30Apr14). The former Dr. Feelgood star was given just months to live after doctors discovered he was suffering from inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2013.
The musician continued to defy medics' predictions by performing live and recording new songs, and he even signed on for a set at this year's (14) Glastonbury festival in June (14).
However, Johnson underwent a major operation on Wednesday and his upcoming commitments have been cancelled.
In a statement, his management team says, "(He has had) a medical procedure that will see him out of action for the foreseeable future. As a result he's cancelled all public engagements. Doctors are hopeful that following the surgery the prognosis for Wilko will be positive."
Before being admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England for the procedure, Johnson had told GQmagazine.co.uk of his deteriorating health, saying, "The tumour got bigger. It went from a walnut to a beer gut. And it makes it difficult to play guitar because my guitar rocks on it. And as the tumour gets bigger, it made my guitar stick out more and more... There is a small chance of dying (from the surgery). But that's nothing. Because for over a year I have been living with a 100 per cent chance of dying."
Terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson is set to undergo a battery of tests after baffling doctors who predicted he would be dead within 12 months of his cancer diagnosis. The former Dr. Feelgood star was told he only had a short time to live after doctors discovered he was suffering from inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2013.
He refused all treatment and headed out on the road, and has been performing a number of shows and festival dates ever since.
Johnson is refusing to slow down and has signed up to appear at Britain's Glastonbury festival in June (14), and now doctors want to run another series of tests to gain some understanding into how he remains in relative good health.
He tells BBC Radio 2, "The doctors have recently become curious as to why I'm not either dead or very, very ill.
"I don't want to indulge in false hope - so what they find and what they think they can do, I don't want to speculate. I don't fear death. I do fear the sickness. Because I'm a wimp."
Terminally ill rocker Wilko Johnson has signed up to another festival this summer (14). The former Dr. Feelgood star, who was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer last year (13), is due to perform at T in the Park music festival in Scotland in July (14), just weeks after he is booked to perform at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival in June (14).
Terminally ill rocker Wilko Johnson is to defy doctors by playing a high profile set at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival. The former Dr. Feelgood star was told he had just months to live after being diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2013.
Johnson turned down the chance to undergo chemotherapy treatment and opted to head out on the road instead, and he has now landed a slot at the U.K.'s most famous music festival in June (14).
He joins the bill along with other acts including Kasabian, who will be headlining the event for the first time, Arcade Fire, Pixies, Lily Allen and Robert Plant.
However, Johnson was left baffled when the official line-up announcement was made on Friday (04Apr14), as organisers had spelled his name wrong on the advertising poster.
He posted a link to the image on his Twitter.com page, adding, "So who's Wilco Johnson?"
The festival in Somerset, England runs from 25-29 June (14).
Terminally ill rocker Wilko Johnson will show fans he is still going strong by holding a record signing session in London next week (beg24Mar14). The former Dr. Feelgood guitarist was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January last year (13) but the plucky star refused chemotherapy treatment and instead headed out on a farewell tour.
He has since defied medics who gave him just months to live by continuing to stun fans with live shows, and he has even recorded a final album with The Who frontman Roger Daltrey.
Now Johnson has decided to address his followers in person by staging an album signing at a London branch of record store HMV on Tuesday (25Mar14).
He will autograph copies of the record, Going Back Home, just a day after its release on Monday (24Mar14).