"When I was diagnosed they gave me 10 months. But they can't cure this thing, so the illness will take its inexorable toll. I have gone past their deadline, but it is ultimately going to kill me. So I want to get as much done now as I can." Terminally ill rocker Wilko Johnson is determined to continue working. The star was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January (13).
Reunited rockers Black Sabbath were triple winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards in London on Thursday night (14Nov13), but terminally ill Wilko Johnson was the event's hero. The 66-year-old former Dr. Feelgood guitarist, who was told by doctors that he would not live past October (13) after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year (13), took to the stage to collect the night's Innovator Award and joked, "I'm supposed to be dead now."
The rocker, who hopes to have time to record one more album with The Who star Roger Daltrey, told the audience at the ceremony that he has never felt more "vividly alive" after accepting his latest award from fellow musician Jimmy Page at the London Roundhouse.
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates collected the Living Legend Award and the Best Album prize for their comeback release 13. They also claimed the Event of the Year trophy for taking the album to number one on the British charts.
The triple win came hours after Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler announced plans to extend their reunion tour into 2014.
Other winners included The Rolling Stones, who claimed the Best Band prize, and Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and late blues legend Rory Gallagher.
The full list of winners is:
The Living Legend Award - Black Sabbath
Event Of The Year - Black Sabbath go to number one
Breakthrough Award - Virginmarys
The Musicians' Union Maestro - James Dean Bradfield
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award - Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution - Mott the Hoople
Classic Album - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall
VIP Award - Shep Gordon
Metal Guru - Zakk Wylde
Best New Band - The Temperance Movement
Album Of The Year - 13 by Black Sabbath
Reissue Of The Year - Rumours (35th anniversary edition) by Fleetwood Mac
Film Of The Year - Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
Band Of The Year - The Rolling Stones
Spirit Of Prog - Alex Lifeson
The Showmen - The Darkness
Innovator - Wilko Johnson.
Terminally ill rocker Wilko Johnson insists he is happier than he has ever been because existing on borrowed time has made him appreciate life. The former Dr. Feelgood star was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January (13) and was given just months to live, but he refused chemotherapy treatment in order to play a farewell tour.
Johnson has stunned doctors by defying their predictions, and almost a year on from the diagnosis he is still going strong and loving life.
He tells Britain's GQ magazine, "This year I've probably been happier (than) ever. Sometimes I think it's almost worth it. I'm feeling an intensity for life that I haven't felt since I was young."
Former Dr. Feelgood rocker Gypie Mayo has died. He was 62. The guitarist's one time bandmate Wilko Johnson told fans on Facebook.com that Mayo passed away on Wednesday morning (23Oct13).
He writes, "Very sad to hear Gypie Mayo passed away this morning. RIP Gypie."
Reports suggest Mayo had been ill for some time, but no further details about the cause of death have been released.
Born John Phillip Cawthra, the musician joined his first band, White Mule, in 1969, before becoming a part of Dr. Feelgood from 1977 to 1981.
He co-wrote the band's biggest hit, Milk and Alcohol, in 1979. After leaving the group he played with reformed rockers The Yardbirds from 1996 to 2004 and worked as a guitar teacher.
Paying tribute to Mayo, Dr. Feelgood drummer Kevin Morris says, "Gypie was a tremendously talented and innovative guitarist who not only played in DF between 1977 and 1981 but also co-wrote some of our best known songs including Milk and Alcohol.
"He had been ill for some time but when I last spoke to him retained his great sense of humour. Truly a sad day for us all."
Johnson is currently fighting his own health battle after declining treatment for terminal pancreatic cancer earlier this year (13).
Terminally ill rocker Wilko Johnson is becoming wary of booking more gigs as he is still in good health despite already playing a series of farewell shows. The former Dr. Feelgood star has inoperable pancreatic cancer and after declining treatment, he embarked on a series of 'goodbye' concerts earlier this year (13), but the tour was cut short in March (13) when he fell ill with a cold.
Fans feared the end was nigh for Johnson but he delighted them by shaking off the illness and he has since played several more concerts and is even recording a new album with The Who frontman Roger Daltrey.
Johnson has now announced two high-profile shows at London's Koko venue for later this month (Oct13), but he jokingly admits it is becoming awkward playing so many farewell gigs over a six-month period.
He tells NME magazine, "We have to do everything quick 'cos (sic) you don't know, am I gonna be here? It gives an extra frisson, doesn't it? The thing I'm really frightened of is to keep doing farewells. If I ain't (sic) dead by the end of the year it's gonna start getting embarrassing!"
Johnson is also touched by the number of strangers who approach to offer him their best wishes when he is out and about, adding, "I can't walk through London without at least 10 people coming up to me and shaking my hand. And it's quite gratifying that they're all wishing you well. I think they're people who might have noticed me before - 'there goes that bug-eyed monster in black' - and they wouldn't normally talk to you, but now it's 'better shake his hand while I've got the chance'. It's really nice, the feeling that people care for you."
Terminally ill musician Wilko Johnson is battling his illness by spending his days recording an album with British rocker Roger Daltrey. The former Dr. Feelgood star, who has inoperable pancreatic cancer, refused to take treatment following his diagnosis last year (12) and announced a farewell tour instead.
The 66 year old, who cut short the trek in March (13) because of his health, continued to play gigs across the U.K. during the summer (13) and he has now announced he is teaming up with The Who singer after the pair met earlier this month (Sep13).
Johnson tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "They did tell me in January I'd be dead in October, but I may last into next year. I hope we'll have something done before I go.
"There are a few more things I want to record. I wrote some songs right after getting this diagnosis. It won't be morbid, though. I can't have any truck with that. The music I want to continue to make, I think, generally should be a laugh not a cry. So there's not going to be any cancer dirges."
Icelandic rockers Sigur Ros are set to make an appearance on the upcoming season of Game Of Thrones, according to U.S. reports. The band is currently in Croatia shooting scenes for the fantasy drama, but details surrounding their appearance and roles remain unknown.
This isn't the first U.S. TV show appearance for the group. In May (13), they appeared on The Simpsons.
Earlier this year (13), Coldplay star Will Champion appeared on Game of Thrones' third season as a drummer, and cancer-stricken rocker Wilko Johnson portrayed a silent executioner.
Actor Michael Douglas was the toast of the GQ Awards in London on Tuesday night (03Sep13) as he was crowned Legend of the Year. A week after his separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was announced, a solo Douglas was beaming as he picked up the accolade at the publication's annual Men of the Year ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in the British capital.
Douglas, who flew in from the Venice Film Festival in Italy, was handed the prize by Samuel L. Jackson, while Sir Elton John was given the Genius award by terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson, and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith handed Noel Gallagher the Icon trophy.
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens picked up Most Stylish Man, Pharrell Williams got lucky landing Performer of the Year, rockers Arctic Monkeys nabbed Band of the Year and Lou Reed was hailed the Inspiration of the Year.
Accepting her trophy for Woman of the Year, former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joked, "Given the perilousness in the journey from child star to adult, any award with woman in the title is frankly a relief!"
Watson's My Week with Marilyn co-star Eddie Redmayne was also feted, taking home the Breakthrough Award, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were crowned the Comedians of the Year, and newsman Piers Morgan nabbed TV Personality of the Year.
Terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson had never heard of Game Of Thrones when he was offered a part in the hit show and only accepted the role in the hope of getting a free leather jacket. The former Dr. Feelgood star, who has inoperable pancreatic cancer, made his acting debut playing mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne, but he admits he had no idea just how successful the big-budget fantasy series was.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "They said it was for an American TV series and I thought it was going to be like Xena: Princess Warrior so I thought, 'I'd love a bit of that, at least I'll get a leather jacket out of it or something'.
"The first filming was in Ireland and I looked round and thought, 'B**ody hell, this is a proper job!' It was great fun. My character doesn't have a tongue so I didn't have to learn lines."
Terminally-ill rocker Wilko Johnson has to rally round his pals and cheer them up because they are so miserable over his cancer battle. The former Dr. Feelgood star was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer last year (12) and has refused chemotherapy treatment to go out in a blaze of glory with farewell concerts and a new album.
He insists he experienced a "strange elation" after being told the news he is dying and feels "very alive" and "better than ever before" since the diagnosis.
His mood is only ruined whenever he has to break the news to pals, because he feels sad watching their sorrow.
Johnson tells Mojo magazine, "I found it really hard to phone my friends and tell people; it was better when I could leave a message and say, 'Can you call me?'. I went through it myself watching my wife die. Being absolutely helpless. Here was the dearest thing in the universe, dying, nothing I can do.
"Now I'm in that place. It's worse for everyone else. You see the tears brimming in their eyes and you think, Come on! Rob, my manager, is intercepting thousands of emails, some of which mention all these cures. Oh man, I can't deal with that."