Wilko Johnson recording farewell album with Roger Daltrey

Terminally ill guitarist Wilko Johnson is to record a farewell album with The Who's Roger Daltrey after meeting him at the GQ Men of the Year Awards earlier this month

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This article is from 2013.

Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson will record his farewell album with Roger Daltrey.

The terminally ill guitarist - who has been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer - is to spend his final few days teaming up with The Who singer after meeting him at the GQ Men of the Year Awards earlier this month.

He said: "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."

Despite his inoperable condition, the 66-year-old star - a founding member of Dr. Feelgood and former member of Ian Dury and The Blockheads - insists he will not be making depressing music and won't mention cancer in any of his songs.

He is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "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."

This article is from 2013.

Wilko Johnson

The redoubtable Dr Feelgood guitarist and band rock it up Canvey Island-style; after undergoing radical surgery to treat his hitherto-believed-to-be terminal cancer, the indomitable Johnson is back, minus one pancreas but with added vim and vigour.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Fri 14 Apr

£25 / 01284 758000

Assembly Hall, Worthing

Thu 13 Apr

£25 / 01903 206206

Rock City, Nottingham

Fri 21 Apr

£27.50 / 0845 413 4444

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