Wilko Johnson to play four farewell concerts

Gigs in London, Bilston, Holmfirth and Glasgow confirmed

Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has announced details of four farewell concerts in the UK.

The short run of dates comes following the news that Johnson has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and will not be seeking treatment for the illness. It is understood that Johnson decided against chemotherapy so he can continue to play shows for as long as possible.

Discussing the final set of gigs, which will take place in March, Johnson’s manager, Robert Hoy, said: “The 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.”

Wilko Johnson will play:

London, Koko (March 6)
Bilston Robin 2 (7)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (8)
Glasgow O2 ABC (9)

Tickets for all dates go on sale from Monday, January 21.

His manager Robert Hoy used the Wilko Johnson Facebook page to make the announcement earlier today, confirming that the musician has decided not to seek treatment.

Johnson, 65, played lead guitar with Dr Feelgood from the band’s formation in 1971 until he left in 1977. During his stint, the band scored a Number One album with their 1976 live LP ‘Stupidity’. After departing, Johnson played with The Blockheads for a brief spell in 1980 and released a succession of albums with The Wilko Johnson Band. More recently he appeared as an actor in the hit HBO show Game Of Thrones. His autobiography Looking Back At Me was published in June 2012.