Another music-ey post; this one, though, off the back of some great news. Well, it's news to me anyway, though several months old. Following the news, a while back, that Wilko Johnson had been given mere months to live, after being diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, I'd been waiting for the seemingly inevitable sad news, but hadn't been searching for that news, as that would have felt somewhat ghoulish.
Well, it turns out he announced last October that he's cancer free, following radical surgery:
On 30 April 2014, it was announced that Johnson had undergone radical surgery to treat his illness, and the doctors were hopeful that his prognosis would be good. At the Q Awards on 22 October 2014, Johnson accepted the "Icon Award" and announced that he was "cancer-free" having undergone "removal of his pancreas, spleen, part of his stomach, small and large intestines and the removal and reconstruction of blood vessels relating to the liver". Johnson said: "It was an 11-hour operation… This tumour weighed 3kg – that's the size of a baby! Anyway, they got it all. They cured me. It's so weird and so strange that it's kind of hard to come to terms with it in my mind. Now, I'm spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on".
And, this being a blog by one o' them nasty atheist persons, I can't help but point out that that—'they got it all. They cured me'—is how you assign credit for a life-saving operation. You don't thank God, Jesus, or the virgin bloody Mary. The surgeons did the work. The surgeons get the credit.
But anyway, here's three numbers featuring Wilko on guitar. The first two are classics in their own right, and need no introduction from me. The third is from an album, Going Back Home, which he recorded last year with Roger Daltrey; and which I highly recommend. It's great stuff.
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