Cancer-stricken Wilko Johnson Plays Last-ever Live Gig

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March 28, 2013 | 12:16pm EST

Terminally-ill Wilko Johnson has played his last-ever live gig after cancelling the final two dates of his farewell tour due to health issues.
The former Dr. Feelgood star was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer last year, but decided to spend his final months touring instead of undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
On Friday, he performed outdoors with Madness at the closure of the BBC Television Center in London, but the 65 year old was only able to sing one song because of the harsh weather conditions.
He tells Echo-news.co.uk, “The wind was blowing up an absolute gale. It was whipping into my face – how Madness performed for an hour I have no idea. It was very, very, very cold.”
Johnson was due to wrap up his trek with two shows in his native Canvey Island in Essex, England on Sunday and Monday, but he pulled out after developing a cold, and now he has decided not to reschedule the gigs.
He says, “It is really upsetting not to perform for the people of Canvey at the end. I really wish I could have done it. If one little bit of me thought it was possible I would have done it.”
However, the musician insists he had a great time saying goodbye to his fans: “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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