British musician and actor Wilko Johnson has announced four UK dates on his final farewell tour.
It was announced last week on Wilko Johnsonâ€™s official facebook page to a shocked audience that Johnson had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and was refusing any treatment.
See below for the full message from Facebook, as well as tour dates and information on ticket sales.
WILKO JOHNSON â€“ IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.
He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity.
He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK. There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.
Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended
his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience.
[Source: Wilko Johnsonâ€™s Facebook]
Wilko Johnson originally came to prominence as the wild-eyed guitarist of British rock nâ€™ blues band Dr. Feelgood in the 1970s and for the last three decades has been touring as a solo artist. More recently Johnson has tried his hand at acting and viewers of Game Of Thrones will recognise him as Ser Ilyn Payne, the Kingâ€™s executioner.
Says Wilkoâ€™s manager, Robert Hoy:
â€œThe four UK dates represent an opportunity for Wilko to express his sincere thanks to his fans for all the support he has had over his long career.â€
Wilko Johnson Farewell Tour Dates
London Koko (March 6)
Bilston Robin 2 (March 7)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (March 8)
Glasgow o2 ABC (March 9)
Tickets will go on sale from Monday January 21. Box Office: 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com.
Johnson’s autobiography, Looking Back At Me, was released in the UK last year. Geek of Doom has had the pleasure of speaking with Johnson a few times over the years; you can see our past interviews here and here. Our thoughts are with him at this difficult time.