Artist News

Wilko Johnson free of cancer and feeling iconic

By | Published on Thursday 23 October 2014

Wilko Johnson

More from Wilko Johnson’s pretty extraordinary recovery story now, as the one-time Dr Feelgood guitarist – who had a major operation to alleviate his long-standing (and, it was thought circa his initial diagnosis in 2012, terminal) pancreatic cancer back in June – says he is now free of the disease and doing well.

Appearing at yesterday’s Q Awards to accept this year’s Icon prize, Johnson said: “I feel so iconic, I feel like a little flat square thing that sticks on the computer screen. That’s an icon”. Iconic? Ironic, more like. Right?

Wilko went on to say that a holiday in Japan had helped him get his strength back following the big operation, which involved the removal of his whole pacreas, and parts of his stomach and other organs, adding: “I think very very soon I’m going to go into a rehearsal room with the band and see if I can remember how to do it”.

“This tumour weighed 3kg. That’s the size of a baby. Anyway, they got it all. They cured me”, he said finally.