Wilko Johnson says he will quit before he gets to sick and he has no intention of dying on stage. The Dr Feelgood guitarist is trying to keep in good spirits since he had b been given the diagnoses of pancreatic cancer in January 2012. The English singer knows that to some it may just the ultimate ultimate rock ‘n’ roll death to pass away during performance. But he will separated from his guitar when he feels he can no long play as well as he used to. When quizzed on whether he would like to go out on stage, Wiko told BANG Showbiz:
“My dear friend (The Deviants singer) Mick Farren did that last year; no I don’t think I would like to do that. I’ve decided I’m going to carry on playing while I’m still fit to do it. Once I start getting sick, I’m not going to do anymore. I don’t want people to see me like that.”
At present he is not thinking about his disease, instead he his taking this opportunity to work with his friend and idol Roger Daltrey on their album ‘Going Back Home’. He is dealing with a problem from the tumour, it is getting in the way of his playing his guitar.
Wilko – who performed at ‘An Evening with Suggs’ last week to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK – explained:
“Since I got diagnosed, it’s certainly raised my profile. It’s been a bit baffling for me I was supposed to be dead in October, I’m not dead, I’m still going and so far I haven’t suffered any ill-effects. I’ve got this big lump which sticks out. When I’m on stage my guitar kind of rocks on it, and I’ve spent years with it resting on my hips. I’ve just got back from a tour of Japan with Roger, it’s all sold out. I love Japan and it’s just great to be doing gigs, especially when I think I shouldn’t even be here at all.”