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Sunday 20 April 2014

Farewell tour for Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson will play a string of 'farewell' concerts

Wilko Johnson has lined up a handful of "farewell" concerts following his diagnosis with terminal cancer.

The Dr Feelgood founder, who found new fame with a regular role in TV series Game Of Thrones, has set four dates in March to thank his fans for their support.

The guitarist's manager announced last week that the musician has cancer of the pancreas and had chosen not to undergo chemotherapy.

Wilko, 65 - noted for his exuberant performances and mad-eyed stare - is continuing to tour, and is said to be planning further new recordings.

He will begin his final UK shows at Koko in London on March 6, moving on to Bilston Robin 2, Holmfirth Picturedrome and finishing at the Glasgow O2 ABC.

The star's manager Robert Hoy 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."

Wilko was a member of the pub rock-style act Dr Feelgood, formed on Canvey Island, Essex, in the early 1970s, but left in 1977 after they had achieved a number one with the album Stupidity. He later went on to lead his own band and had a stint in Ian Dury's band the Blockheads.

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