Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog, hope this finds you in good form. I was having a really good day earlier on, I got a fair amount of work done and went cycling in perfect weather – it seemed good and fine. I then got home and read the very sad news about the health of former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.
If you haven’t read the story it’s been reported via his Facebook page and official site that the brilliant guitarist has terminal cancer of the pancreas. The official statement from his manager reads in part as follows:
“…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.”
I must confess I was far too young to have seen Dr. Feelgood live and never took the opportunity to see Wilko Johnson perform during my years in the UK. However the impact he had on the burgeoning punk scene in London cannot be underestimated, his unique choppy guitar style spawned dozens of imitators and those inspired. I also know that as a man both within the industry and from fans Wilko is held in great reverence by so many. It’s a sad day although those four words barely capture how many must be feeling.
Wilko has decided to not undergo chemotherapy treatment so that he can fulfill his commitment to a tour of France, complete a new CD and plan a farewell tour of the UK. I encourage or perhaps even insist that those of you who are in a position to see him during that tour do everything possible to do so.
I know many of you have had closer ties over the years to Wilko than myself and I hope you will join me in supporting him however you are able.