Wilko Johnson won't gig again

Echo: Wilko Johnson has played his last tune Wilko Johnson has played his last tune

LEGENDARY Canvey musician Wilko Johnson, who has terminal cancer, has revealed he won’t play again.

The musician was due to play two final gigs in Canvey - one of them with 80s singer Alison Moyet - but the 65-year-old had to cancel when he was feeling unwell.

He has been performing for more than 40 years with rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood but after cancelling the final two gigs of his farewell tour due to illness he has decided enough is enough.

Wilko, 65, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer before Christmas and had been touring the country to say goodbye to his loyal fans. His last gig was alongside 80s band Madness at the closure of BBC Television Centre in London last Friday.

He said the conditions that day were terrible and said they could be the reason for his poor health at the moment - with Wilko suffering from suspected flu.

“I only performed one song but it was freezing and the wing was blowing up an absolute gale. It was whipping into my face and how Madness performed for an hour I have no idea. It was very very very cold and I think this is why I feel down."

Wilko was supposed to take to the stage at the sold out Oysterfleet Hotel in Canvey on Sunday and Monday night with Alison Moyet but called off the shows on Sunday afternoon as he had been unable to recover. He said he felt terribly sad not to perform the home gigs one last time.

“It is really upsetting not to perform for the people of Canvey at the end. I really wish I could have done it and if one little bit of me thought it was possible I would have done it."

Wilko refused chemotherapy when he found out he had cancer as he looks to enjoy the last three months of his life. He said he never thought he would look back on a career like his as he had never wanted to be a musician in his youth.

“I look back with puzzlement. I never intended to follow this path but it all just happened. I was caught up in the fabulous seventies and I have had a great life.

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9:20am Wed 27 Mar 13

tobyjohn58 says...

You are legend now and will be forever
You are legend now and will be forever tobyjohn58

11:15am Wed 27 Mar 13

Howard Chase says...

tobyjohn58 wrote:
You are legend now and will be forever
Totally agree


Thanks for all the great tunes and great times.
[quote][p][bold]tobyjohn58[/bold] wrote: You are legend now and will be forever[/p][/quote]Totally agree Thanks for all the great tunes and great times. Howard Chase

12:20pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Green777 says...

Yes a Real legend for sure, Thanks for so many great tunes
Yes a Real legend for sure, Thanks for so many great tunes Green777

12:35pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Phil McCrakin says...

If you feel low suggest you look at Wilko appearing on the BBC Breakfast Show ( it's on Youtube ). It put's everything in perspective.
If you feel low suggest you look at Wilko appearing on the BBC Breakfast Show ( it's on Youtube ). It put's everything in perspective. Phil McCrakin

1:26pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Baker-Boy says...

story is bit short of details who is this man
story is bit short of details who is this man Baker-Boy

1:53pm Wed 27 Mar 13

yggih says...

You take it easy my son you are up there with the best of them and you deserve a well earned rest. You will never be forgotten and will always be loved for your wonderful performances and memorable life. As and when you go to the other place give all our love to Ian and Lee. You still are the best, may your God be with all of you!!
You take it easy my son you are up there with the best of them and you deserve a well earned rest. You will never be forgotten and will always be loved for your wonderful performances and memorable life. As and when you go to the other place give all our love to Ian and Lee. You still are the best, may your God be with all of you!! yggih

2:10pm Wed 27 Mar 13

marybelle says...

Go out in style and class Wilco Rock on forever.
Go out in style and class Wilco Rock on forever. marybelle

7:41pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Howard1971 says...

I lived on Canvey 1971 onwards. Some of my childhood friends knew John Martin and the rest of the band and I had the pleasure of listening to this band in the raw.... i.e in their lounge playing on many many occasions. What a group and raw sound, no **** or tricky tricky styles just great basic sounds. Hope you feel better soon mate. H
I lived on Canvey 1971 onwards. Some of my childhood friends knew John Martin and the rest of the band and I had the pleasure of listening to this band in the raw.... i.e in their lounge playing on many many occasions. What a group and raw sound, no **** or tricky tricky styles just great basic sounds. Hope you feel better soon mate. H Howard1971

8:48pm Wed 27 Mar 13

KraftyKaz says...

Note to Mr Luke Lambert, quite right that this Living Legend has been performing for more than 40 years, BUT certainly not with Dr Feelgood... And to you 'Sir Wilko' Looking Back At You, just proves you are so loved by all of us, for giving more than you take................
. Have a really good rest, and make sure you do just what you want to do, cos then you know , 'You Do It Right' x
Note to Mr Luke Lambert, quite right that this Living Legend has been performing for more than 40 years, BUT certainly not with Dr Feelgood... And to you 'Sir Wilko' Looking Back At You, just proves you are so loved by all of us, for giving more than you take................ . Have a really good rest, and make sure you do just what you want to do, cos then you know , 'You Do It Right' x KraftyKaz

7:10am Thu 28 Mar 13

SARFENDMAN says...

Sad that the "live music story" has finally come to the end but we can all celebrate with the man's musical achievements by visiting his wonderful recording legacy. Look back with pride Wilko.
Sad that the "live music story" has finally come to the end but we can all celebrate with the man's musical achievements by visiting his wonderful recording legacy. Look back with pride Wilko. SARFENDMAN

6:52pm Thu 28 Mar 13

Steve H says...

Baker-Boy wrote:
story is bit short of details who is this man
Moron.
[quote][p][bold]Baker-Boy[/bold] wrote: story is bit short of details who is this man[/p][/quote]Moron. Steve H

7:20pm Thu 28 Mar 13

psorias says...

Wilko thank you - Your music were absolutely everything to me in my youth and have helped me through my life, will continue playing your sounds forever x
Wilko thank you - Your music were absolutely everything to me in my youth and have helped me through my life, will continue playing your sounds forever x psorias

5:23pm Fri 29 Mar 13

sosad 1 says...

WILKO YOU ARE THE REAL ESSEX BOY NOT ONE THOS **** ON TV BUT WHAT WAS YOU DOING WITHOUT A COAT ON TV HAVE LARGE ONE ON ME A DRINK NOT A COAT
WILKO YOU ARE THE REAL ESSEX BOY NOT ONE THOS **** ON TV BUT WHAT WAS YOU DOING WITHOUT A COAT ON TV HAVE LARGE ONE ON ME A DRINK NOT A COAT sosad 1

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