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Wilko Johnson

live at koko, camden town, london, march 2013

cadiz recording co


Released: 9th Dec 2013


On 10 March 2013, Koko in London’s Camden Town opened its doors to 1,500 music fans who knew they were about to witness an extraordinary event - a performance from a man with a special place in the hearts of lovers of raw, honest, exhilarating rock’n’roll music: Wilko Johnson.

The electricity around the show had acquired extra voltage due to a sad & poignant fact: just a few weeks before, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist & songwriter had announced he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer & had only months left to live. Wilko came onstage to a deafening roar & a standing ovation (not that there was anywhere to sit down). The next hour & 20 minutes rushed by, with Wilko, glaring, grinning & manically bowling across the stage in customary style, as Norman Watt-Roy pulled funkily at his bass strings & Dylan Howe kept the rhythm tight (“he’s the best drummer I’ve ever worked with,” says Wilko – & he’s worked with more than a few very good ones). The Feelgood's hits got the biggest cheer & then a tear came to the collective eye when Johnson left the stage to an emotional rendering of Chuck Berry’s 'Bye Bye Johnny', waving as he said goodbye - a profoundly moving experience, it must be said, whose atmosphere 'Live At Koko' perfectly captures.

live at koko, camden town, london, march 2013