Wilko Johnson Talks About How To Beat Cancer LISTEN
Wilko Johnson photo by David Coombes, Noise11, Photo

Wilko Johnson photo by David Coombes

Wilko Johnson Talks About How To Beat Cancer LISTEN

by Music-News.com on November 22, 2014

in News

Wilko Johnson was on the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show Friday morning and discussed his incredible recovery from terminal pancreatic cancer.

It was quite an emotional chat, check out the quotes below or click below to hear it direct.

At the beginning of 2013 the Dr. Feelgood guitarist was told he had 10 months to live and was at peace with his diagnosis before setting out to create his final album with The Who’s Roger Daltrey. Johnson said “…when Roger heard I’d got cancer he said ‘we’ll do that record’ and I said ‘we better do it quick!'”

Referring to what he believed was going to be his final year, Johnson said “I had a marvelous year last year, there’s nothing like the imminence of death to make you realize you’re alive.”

Johnson continues “And then right on top of that, the surgeons at Addenbrooke’s decided that they could have a go at this tumor, and they did.”

“I think it took about 10 or 11 hours or something and they took this tumor out of me. This tumor weighed three kilos, that’s the size of a baby. I’d been carrying this thing on stage with me all year, my guitar used to stick out. My guitar used to rock on this tumor. Rocking away like a rocker! So, no, I shouldn’t be here at all.”

Speaking of his recovery he says “It’s hard, steadily my health is recovering. I’m getting my strength and my weight back. The difficult thing now is readjusting mentally.”

more from music-news.com

Related Posts

Baz Warne of The Stranglers Say The Band Will End When Jean-Jacques Burnel Leaves

The Stranglers will be no more when J.J. Burnel, the last founding member still with band, decides to leave.

20 hours ago
Peter O'Doherty of Dog Trumpet photo by Ros O'Gorman
A New Dog Trumpet Video Has Arrived ‘No More Travelling’

In the new Dog Trumpet ‘No More Travelling’ Peter O’Doherty does all the travelling for us.

21 hours ago
Bruce Springsteen photo by Ros O'Gorman
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Play First Show Since New Zealand 2017

Bruce Springsteen & The Street Band kicked off their first world tour since 2017 this week in Tampa, Florida.

24 hours ago
Elton John Honky Château 50th Anniversary Reissue
Elton John’s ‘Honky Chateau’ Gets 50th Anniversary Make-Over

Elton John’s next anniversary edition will be the ‘Honky Chateau’ expanded edition.

2 days ago
Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath photo by Ros OGorman
Ozzy Osbourne’s “Touring Days Are Over”

Ozzy Osbourne has announced he can no longer tour due to injures he sustained four years again. All dates on his upcoming European tour have been cancelled and Ozzy says he never thought his “touring days would have ended this way.”

2 days ago
The Who With Orchestra Live At Wembley
The Who To Release Live Album With Orchestra

The Who will release a live album with a 50-piece orchestra recorded in 2019.

3 days ago
Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean Will Return To Australia In June

Billy Ocean is coming back to Australia with dates set for June. He was last in the country in 2019.

3 days ago