WILKO JOHNSON HEADLINE UK DATES ANNOUNCED
After a life-changing 2014, Wilko Johnson and his band are getting back on stage in early 2015.
Wilko’s first full comeback gig takes place on 6 March with a sold out show at the Cambridge Junction as a fundraiser for the Addenbrooke’s, who performed such pioneering surgery on Wilko last year. Next month, Wilko and his band head to the Manchester Ritz on 18 March and Glasgow O2 ABC on 20 March, before a return to the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Sunday 26 April.
Following his recovery from pancreatic cancer; Wilko Johnson The former Dr Feelgood guitarist & Blockhead released one of greatest British albums of 2014’s ‘Going Back Home’ with good friend Roger Daltrey. The album ended up in a stack of year end polls with Classic Rock readers naming it their best album of 2014.
Influenced by raucous old school British rhythm & blues ‘Going Back Home’ mostly features re-makes of vintage Wilko gems, including the Feelgoods’ All Through The City, Keep It Out Of Sight and Going Back Home – the latter co-written in 1975 with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ guitarist Mick Green – plus Everybody’s Carrying A Gun, originally recorded by his post-Feelgoods group The Solid Senders, and the solo ‘80s rockers Ice On The Motorway and I’m Going To Keep It To Myself. There is also a hidden gem, the heart-wrenching ballad Turned 21, which until the album came out earlier this year had never been properly released. A cover of Bob Dylan’s Can You Please Crawl Out Of Your Window rounds out the collection.
Following his headline dates Wilko Johnson will be heading to Europe before appearing at festivals all over the UK and Ireland this summer.
6 March 2015 Cambridge The Junction
18 March 2015 Manchester Ritz*
20 March 2015 Glasgow O2 ABC
26 March 2015 London Royal Albert Hall – with The Who as part of Teenage Cancer Trust
16 April 2015 Madrid But Sala
18 April 2015 Seville Sala Custom
26 April 2015 London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire*
2 May 2015 Cheltenham Jazz Festival
09 May 2015 Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
24 May 2015 Plymouth Volksfest
17 May 2015 Lincoln Blues Festival
31 May 2015 Ballyshannon Roryfest
06 June 2015 Tanworth-in-Arden Lunar Festival
20 June 2015 Ross On Wye Linton Festival
30 July 2015 Cambridge Folk Festival