Wilko Johnson with special guest Hugh Cornwell and more playing Manchester in May

Posted on 27 February 2018
By Khyle Deen
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R&B legend Wilko Johnson plays Manchester – Academy 1 on Saturday 12th May with special guests Hugh Cornwell & Band, Mike Sweeney & The Salford Jets and Mollie Marriott and more tbc.

‘I’m supposed to be dead!’ So said Wilko in a recent interview, having been diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. But despite the doctors’ worst predictions he continued to perform and present himself with vigour and a new zest for life. In 2013, Wilko announced that, thanks to a second opinion and subsequent life-saving surgery, he was cancer-free.

The original Dr Feelgood guitarist is known for his incredible distinctive chopping guitar style. Wilko has gone on to find further success recently after teaming up with Roger Daltrey on 2014’s Going Back Home. An album of the year it featured reworkings of songs from Wilko’s Dr Feelgood days such as ‘All Through The City’ and ‘Going Back Home’.

The Wilko Johnson Band was formed with ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums, adding up to one of the most exciting R’n’B bands in the world today. In Sept 2017, Wilko celebrated his 70th birthday and 30th Anniversary by playing a sold out show at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London.

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest song writing talents and accomplished live performers.

This electric band performance will feature songs spanning his career from early Stranglers to the current day.

As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA’s musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Nice N’ Sleazy, Always the Sun and Duchess.

“UK Punk’s Dark Lord” – David Fricke/Rolling Stone

“He sounds more engaged and intense than he has in years” – Classic Rock

“Cornwell provides the goods In Spades” – Vive Le Rock

Classic old skool post punk rock whose single ‘Who You Looking At’ was global hit across the whole of Manchester in the 1980s as well as breaking the band in the national charts. The band reformed in 2003, still fronted by the mighty Mike Sweeney – vocals, guitar and former Piccadilly Radio DJ (now broadcasting on BBC Radio Manchester), and former maths teacher Diccon Hubbard on bass and vocals.

Having supported and backed some of the best rock stars in the industry including Robert Plant, The Faces, Mark Knopfler and Paul Weller, Mollie ( daughter of the Legendary Small Faces front man Steve Marriott ) is set to take the industry by storm with her debut album Truth Is A Wolf later this year.

Tickets available from:

MANCHESTER – Academy 1
Box Office No – 0161 832 1111
Website – https://www.manchesteracademy.net/order/tickets/13331624/wilko-johnson-and-special-guests-hugh-cornwell-and-band-manchester-academy-2018-05-12-16-30-00

Doors – 4.30pm / On-Stage from 5.00pm
Tickets – £25.00 advance