Tag: Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson’s 70th Birthday Bash: Live @ The Royal Albert Hall

Unless you’re a fan of Game Of Thrones, or else otherwise just ‘of a certain age’, it’s unlikely you’d have heard of Wilko Johnson until 2013 – when it was disclosed he was suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer. This news, or more specifically his reaction to it (embarking on a farewell tour and a Gold selling album collaboration with Roger Daltrey) put him in the public consciousness in a manner he’d not seen since the early 1970s. Back then, he was the wide-eyed, amphetamine fuelled guitarist of ‘Thames Delta’ R&B band Dr Feelgood and he could be seen skittering...

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Wilko Johnson: 70th Birthday Celebrations

2017 is certainly a special year for Wilko Johnson.  Not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday. Given the events of recent years, this celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September is all the more meaningful: here is the death-defying Wilko Johnson leading his own party with partners in crime Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests. Wilko’s special guest at the Royal Albert Hall show is Dr John Cooper Clarke – poet, movie star, rock star,...

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Words of Wilko: Don’t You Leave Me Here Book Launch @ Rough Trade East

I’ve documented on these pages once before, that if it wasn’t for Wilko Johnson, I wouldn’t be shooting live music. It was his terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis early in 2013 that made me consider how sad it was that I had no decent lasting memories of any of the many gigs (including Wilko’s gigs) that I’d been to – so I set out to do something about it. Of course, the one artist I thought I would never be able to photograph was Johnson, who by the end of 2013 was supposed to be dead. What happened next is...

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Rock Show: Wilko Johnson & Joanne Shaw Taylor

WILKO JOHNSON ANNOUNCES UK HEADLINE TOUR FEATURING BLUES-ROCK ARTIST JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR AS SPECIAL GUEST Two UK talents announce they will hook up for the very first time for six unique shows R&B legend Wilko Johnson has announced his first UK headline shows since his sensational appearance with Roger Daltrey at Shepherds Bush Empire last year. Blues singer-songwriter & guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor joins him as special guest on these six unique shows, taking place throughout April 2016. Tickets are on general sale and are available at www.thegigcartel.com / 0844 478 0898. 14 April Glasgow O2 ABC 15 April Newcastle...

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The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson. London Film Premiere.

The last three years of Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson’s life have been well documented: Terminal cancer diagnosis, farewell tour, rapidly recorded Gold selling album Going Back Home with Roger Daltrey, intervention from cancer specialist and music photographer Charlie Chan, radical surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and ultimately, survival. In 2009, award-winning documentary film maker Julien Temple made his critically acclaimed Oil City Confidential, recalling the rise of Dr Feelgood through the pre-punk era of the early 1970s. Johnson’s quirky character shone in Oil City and it established a rapport between the two men. When Johnson and Daltrey needed a...

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Live: Wilko Johnson @ Shepherds Bush Empire

I first saw Wilko Johnson play guitar when I was 16 years old. He was guest on a BBC show called *Rockschool that taught impressionable teenagers such as myself how to play in a band. The programme aired in the mid 1980s – long after the peak of interest had waned in his band Dr Feelgood (a band I was only aware of peripherally anyway, and I’d certainly never heard of Johnson). He explained his technique – a technique that famously made him sound as if he was playing rhythm and lead guitar at the same time. He made...

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Interview: Dylan Howe: Crossing All Barriers.

With his unique approach to music Dylan Howe provides a bridge between Jazz, Classical, Punk, Hard Rock and Concept Art music taking it all in his stride . In a recent interview with us Steve Hackett said it must be possible to find a possible link to ally all these musical differences and prejudices. In Dylan Howe we may have found that answer.  Tim Price talked to Dylan in his Essex studio. Dylan, it is now some 40 years since you first hit the public spotlight on the inside cover of Beginnings, then pictured with your musical parents who...

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Photography: Wilko Johnson @ Koko, London

Where do you start with a story like Wilko Johnson’s? On his farewell tour, not because of retirement but because he is going to die from inoperable pancreatic cancer, he gave his all over two hours of blistering guitar. There was no set list just a journey through his life from Dr Feelgood, Blockheads, Solid Senders to the trio he has with Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe where a nod of the head or the start of a duck walk would denote the song. I hope the photos do the talking as well as the music. Here is the...

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Live Review: Wilko Johnson @ Koko.

I had been feeling somewhat strange about this gig, my last chance to see Wilco Johnson while also wrestling with my guilt at why I hadn’t seen him live for more than 20 plus years ,a bit like an old friend you had lost touch with but sadly this really was a farewell tour. I needn’t have worried, arriving somewhat late to the KoKo the place was packed, all waiting in anticipation of the great man, and how would he be? Would he talk about it? No, as this is a man of dignity and for once an artist...

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