..said Wilko Johnson last night, when we spoke backstage. He was back in Cambridge at the Junction to perform his comeback gig, in aid of Addenbrooke's Hospital. It felt just like old times, he said, as he was about to step out to play with his old friends, Norman Watt Roy and Dylan Howe.
Guest of honour was Emmanuel Huguet, the surgeon, who saved his life with a 10 hour operation 10 months ago. 850 lucky people packed the sold out venue for the gig. In support were Eight Rounds Rapid, who were there 2 years ago, when they started his farewell tour. His son, Simon, the lead guitarist for Eight Rounds Rapid, must have felt that he might never open for his father again. There was happiness for Wilko's redemption, gratitude from the great man himself and respect for everyone, who looked after him last year.
A classic Wilko set list greeted the fans, who came from all over the world. All the songs you would want to hear from Roxette. The more I give, Johnny Be Good and more. Wilko no longer needed to rock his vintage Telecaster over his 3 kg tumour, as he played. This was the real thing, the chattering red and black guitar firing staccato machine gun riffs over Norm's relentless funky bass line. The staring, glaring eyes were there. This was a performance with real attitude - the sort that laughs in the face of death.
So if you're coming to his Still Kickin' tour, I have a Sneakin' Suspicion that you'll come out with a beaming smile. This a real Good News Story and I am very happy.
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