‘I’m supposed to be dead!’ announced Rhythm ‘n’ blues guitar ace Wilko Johnson after recovering from major surgery; an operation that previously he believed could not even take place having been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2012. Yet seemingly this unstoppable force is ready to jettison across a stage sawing away at his faithful telecaster once more with a date set for him to perform a very special concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September this year.
As a member of Dr Feelgood, guitarist Wilko Johnson not only wrote all the their original material, including chart singles like ‘Roxette’ and ‘Back In the Night’ but brought respectability to the much-maligned term of pub rock by bringing his brand of Canvey Island blues to the masses and so paving the way for the success of the more media-friendly punk rock phenomenon.
Johnson would go on to form his own Wilko Johnson Band that is now 30 years young; and one reason for the Royal Albert Hall concert, the other being the guitarist living to celebrate his 70th birthday. Joining him for this little shindig will be long-term partners in crime Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums (both also members of The Blockheads), plus family, friends and special guests.
For ticket information visit Wilko Johnson’s website – It promises to be a special night.