Wilko Johnson hits the road again

Terminally-ill musician Wilko Johnson has defied the odds by hitting the road again just months after retiring because of his failing health. The former Dr. Feelgood guitarist, 66, was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer last year (12) and he embarked on a farewell tour to enjoy one last round of gigs with his fans.
He was forced to cut the trek short by two gigs and retire early after taking a turn for the worse in March (13), but he has now shocked fans by returning for another handful of shows.
Last month (Jul13), he performed in his native Essex, England and nearby Oxfordshire, and now he has announced shows at the Wickham Festival in Hampshire, England on Sunday (04Aug13) followed by three more gigs in the U.K. later this month (Aug13).
Johnson says, “After we did our farewell tour in April (sic), I did retire. But after a little while I didn’t like this retirement business. I’d walk along the road and just be a bloke. I didn’t like it. I’m a rock musician, I don’t want to be walking down to the corner shop and getting a pint of milk. I’m a rock star!”

by WENN

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