Today is #WorldCancerDay – as always, Wilko HQ sends huge appreciation, love and respect to all those who dedicate their lives to fighting cancer, and particularly acknowledge doctor Charlie Chan, surgeon Emmanuel Huguet and all at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for saving Wilko’s life with groundbreaking surgery in 2014. Thank you.
Continuing his association with the reactivated Chess imprint, the label that issued so many of the tunes that inspired him in his youth, I Keep It To Myself – The Best Of Wilko Johnson draws together 25 tracks recorded between 2008 and 2012 by the legendary guitarist and songwriter with backing largely provided by Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums), the same rhythm section that performed on Wilko’s enormously successful ‘Going Back Home’ album with Roger Daltrey.
To be clear, those of you who already own the Best Ofs will see, from the track-list Chess have revealed, that these are the same tracks you will already have. However, if you do not already have the Best Ofs, and wish to purchase the compilation, it will now be available via Chess rather than Cadiz going forward.
Click here to pre-order a signed copy and check out the track-list!
Yes, Wilko will be joining his fellow Newcastle University alumni for Christmas University Challenge! Wilko’s alma mater will be thrashing it out against City University on December 21st, 7.30pm on BBC 2.
To see full details click here. Don’t miss it! It’s going to be FUN.
Wilko Johnson and the boys will be out on the road again in April 2017, and tickets are on pre-sale from Wednesday 30th November, 9am!
The tour will kick off in Worthing on 13th April, taking in Bury St Edmunds, Cardiff, Newcastle and Nottingham before concluding at the York Barbican on 22nd April.
For further details and ticket information, click here.
Wilko, Norman and Dylan were present at the MITS last night (7 November 2016) to celebrate Roger Daltrey’s tremendous and tireless charity work for Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins.
The evening was rounded off with a headline slot from Roger, Wilko and the boys. A jolly good time had by all! Congratulations Roger!
Wilko Johnson is proud to be on the receiving end of an honorary degree from Anglia Ruskin University this month, at a ceremony at Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Vice-chancellor Professor Iain Martin said: “This is a very special day for those receiving their awards and it will be a great pleasure to be part of the graduation ceremonies, hand our graduates their certificates and honour their achievements. They all deserve to feel both pleased and proud as they mark this important transition.
“The recipients of honorary degrees are exceptional individuals with a connection to the region or the work we do here at Anglia Ruskin University.
“The award acknowledges their contributions to society and we hope will serve as an inspiration to our graduates as they take the next step in their lives.”
Wilko was successfully treated for pancreatic cancer at Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s hospital and last year he raised more than £10,000 for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, following the lifesaving surgery.
Read more at http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/rockers-suzi-quattro-and-wilko-johnson-to-receive-honorary-degrees-from-anglia-ruskin/story-29787881-detail/story.html#opyo0QrPitWyUvy9.99
Fresh from Henley Literary Festival, Wilko heads out on the road again this week with the boys for his UK tour. There are still tickets available for Warrington’s Parr Hall (6th October) and also Salisbury City Hall (13th October) so snap ’em up quick!
For the full list of dates, click here.
Check out this great footage of Wilko Johnson and the boys rocking Belladrum Festival last month!