British guitarist and songwriter Wilko Johnson recently announced that he will be stepping out for a short farewell tour after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The singer has decided to treat his fans with some final performances.
The decision to tour was taken after Johnson decided not to undergo chemotherapy to fight the disease. Robert Hoy, his manager said, “The four UK dates represent an opportunity for Wilko to express his sincere thanks to his fans for all the support he has had over his long career”. The shocking news was revealed to his fans last week.
The 65-year-old guitarist also stated that doctors have told him that his cancer of the pancreas was terminal. The statement said, “I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy”.
Hoy went on to say that the ‘Sneaky Suspicion’ singer is in good spirits at the moment and is not yet suffering any physical effects. It is expected that Johnson would be able to enjoy at least a few more months of not feeling any physical effects, along with reasonable health and activity. Wilko is in Japan at present and also plans to record a new album when he returns home. The ‘Bottle Up and Go’ singer also plans to release a live DVD from his 2012 UK tour.