live at koko, camden town, london, march 2013
cadiz recording co
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.