THIS time it really is goodbye.

Popular musician, Wilko Johnson, has announced he has terminal cancer and has just a few months to live.

But before he goes, the ex-Dr Feelgood man has booked a mini-UK tour at his favourite venues – including Holmfirth’s Picturedrome.

Dr Feelgood notched a number one album in 1976 before Johnson quit the band a year later.

He went on to inspire a new generation of punk bands and played with Ian Dury’s Blockheads, alongside his own band.

Now, after more than four decades of rock ‘n’ roll, he has shunned the idea of chemotherapy in favour of spending his last days as a guitar hero.

The 65-year-old, who recently found new fame with a regular role in hit TV series Game Of Thrones, will also tour abroad and is hoping to release new material.

Picturedrome owner, Peter Carr, said he was honoured his venue had been picked for the farewell tour in March.

He said: “We’re delighted to have him, he can come anytime, we’re glad he’s chosen our place.

“The guy’s a genius in his own right.

“It’s a great shame, it’s very sad when that happens to anybody.

“We’ve done farewell tours before but this has a little bit more meaning to it.”

Mr Carr said he expected fans would flock to the final northern gig.

He added: “Wilko’s been to us three or four times before and it’s always busy.

“It already gets to nearly a sell-out crowd so we expect ticket sales to be brisk.

“Without doubt it will be a good night but a bit tearful as it will be the last time we see him.”

Johnson will begin his final UK shows at Koko in London on March 6, moving on to Bilston Robin 2 on March 7, Holmfirth Picturedrome on March 8 and finishing at the Glasgow O2 ABC on March 9.

Johnson’s manager, Robert Hoy, said: “The four UK dates represent an opportunity for Wilko to express his sincere thanks to his fans for all the support he has had over his long career.”

Tickets go on sale on Monday.


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