Wilko Doing Well

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Wilko Johnson photo by Richard Creamer/ Michael Ochs Archives and Getty Images
Photo: Richard Creamer/ Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Wilko Johnson is reported to be making “excellent progress” from the emergency pancreatic cancer surgery he had at the end of April.

The 66-year-old’s current diagnosis has been described in a statement on Dr. Feelgood’s Facebook page, in which the band announce the “incredibly positive” news about the guitar hero. Wilko has defied all medical knowledge by continuing to fight his illness, some 17 months after being told he had less than a year to live.

“We’re sure you will be as delighted as we are that after making excellent progress at Addenbrooke’s over the last few weeks, Wilko is now convalescing back at his home,” said the statement. “Naturally after such an extensive procedure, Wilko is extremely tired, and it will take him some time to recuperate, so he asks that you respect his privacy, but we had to share this incredibly positive news.”

Johnson reluctantly cancelled all his forthcoming engagements to have the nine-hour surgery, including a planned appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

Meanwhile, his collaboration with Roger Daltrey, the ‘Going Back Home’ album released in March, continues its excellent sales run. After debuting at No. 3 on the UK chart — making them the oldest duo to have a UK top 10 album — it spent three weeks in the top ten, returning there in May, with a total of nine consecutive weeks in the top 20.

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