EXCLUSIVE: Essex guitar legend Wilko Johnson working on first new solo album since 'terminal' cancer diagnosis

By Charles Thomson in Arts

ROCKSTAR Wilko Johnson is putting together an album of new material, he has revealed.

The Southend-based musician, best-known as the guitarist and songwriter for Dr Feelgood, announced the project in an exclusive interview with the Yellow Advertiser, ahead of his 70th birthday in July.

Speaking last Thursday, May 4, he said: “This week we were in a rehearsal room and we are putting together a new album for us, which actually I’m quite excited about.”

Asked what the album would be about, he joked: “It will be about three chords and 12 bars. You know, I’m not going to come up with some dazzling new Sgt Pepper type concept at this stage of the game.”

Wilko scored one of the top-selling albums of 2014 with Going Back Home, recorded with friend and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey.

It was recorded in eight days in late 2013, when Wilko believed he was on the brink of death, having been wrongly diagnosed with terminal cancer.

He has previously hinted at another collaboration but said last week that Daltrey was a ’very elusive character’, commenting: “It’ll possible happen and possibly not.”

Of his own new project, he said: “I’m quite keen to get back into a studio and hopefully do something as good as what we did with Roger, because that one just had that special thing, that ltte spark. It was all just so spontaneous and I really want to do that again.”

Wilko said he had recently rediscovered his songwriting mojo and that the album would largely contain recent tracks.

He said he would consider some tracks written while he was facing death in 2013 but had recently re-read them and found them ’a little bit kind of doomy’.

He said: “I think rock and roll should be a little bit more fun than that.”

*More from our Wilko Johnson interview will appear in the coming days.

The Wilko Johnson Band will play the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, September 26. Tickets are available from www.thegigcartel.com.

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