Wilko Johnson to Play Fundraiser for Hospital Where He Received Lifesaving Cancer Treatment
The concert, to be held March 6 at the Junction in Cambridge, England, isn't just Johnson's live comeback -- it's also his chance to give back to Addenbrooke's, the facility where he received the cancer treatment that saved his life. Calling it "a tiny, tiny gesture of thanks for what they did for me," Johnson has pledged the proceeds from the show to the hospital.
As Johnson earlier told the BBC, he was already in his bed at Addenbrooke's when his collaborative album with Roger Daltrey, 'Going Back Home,' arrived in stores. "I remember people coming in and telling me, 'It’s really selling -- it’s been really successful,' and me going, 'Really good, man,' while not really quite aware of what was going on."
With his new lease on life, Johnson has sometimes struggled to come to terms with the idea that he's triumphed over a disease that doctors believed would kill him even before he started recording 'Going Back Home,' but he's eager to return to making music -- and share his gift with audiences. "I’ve never had so long not playing," he added. "As early as possible in the new year I want to get back onstage and play."
Tickets for Johnson's March 6 show are scheduled to go on sale Jan. 23, and will be available for purchase at this link.