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Wilko Johnson writing songs after surgery

6/17/2014

Wilko Johnson is working on tracks for a new album with Roger Daltrey just weeks after undergoing major surgery as part of his cancer battle. The former Dr. Feelgood star, who was diagnosed with the disease in January, 2013, is recovering after doctors removed a tumour from his pancreas last month (Apr14), and his friend Daltrey has revealed the brave musician is already "bored" as he rests up. The Who rocker, who released a collaborative album with Johnson, Going Back Home, in March (14), has urged his friend to start working on new material for a second record to take his mind off the recovery process. He tells Absolute Radio's Pete Mitchell, "The way I look at it is that I know that Wilko's recovery process is probably going to be six months. About two months in, he's already bored. I spoke to him yesterday and he's bored. I said to him, 'Come on, write some more songs, let's think of something, sort the songs out for the next record.'" Daltrey predicts Johnson could be well enough to start recording very soon, adding, "I reckon two months in he'll at least have the strength to play, you know, get that boredom and all that angst out on the guitar. So the studio could be easy for him and it might be a nice stepping stone back to full recovery." The full interview airs on Britain's Absolute Radio on Saturday night (17May14).

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