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Wilko Johnson announces first album of new material for 30 years

By | Published on Friday 13 April 2018

Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson has announced his first album of new material in 30 years, ‘Going Back Home’. An impressive feat not least because he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just months to live back in 2012.

“Man, there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive”, says Johnson, who outlived predictions of his death before undergoing a lifesaving new form of surgery in 2014. “It’s tricky when you get to 70 years old, because what am I supposed to be singing? ‘I love you, baby, but you done me wrong?’ Come on! That’s kind of a problem. But I never thought that I’d be the sort of person to write songs about different sorts of real life experiences until I got sick”.

The album’s producer, Dave Eringa, adds: “I never expected to be making another Wilko Johnson album after [2014 Roger Daltrey collaboration] ‘Going Back Home’ but what a pleasure and a privilege it was to be able to capture Wilko’s first new songs for 30 years! He is one of music’s true gentleman – literate, intelligent, and articulate but still rock n roll as fuck!”

‘Blow Your Mind’ is set for release on 15 Jun.