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Is there a more exciting sight than the wild-eyed king of rhythm and blues chopping at a red and black Telecaster tethered to a coily lead, bouncing back and forth across a stage…
Ladies and Gentlemen, the return to York of the inimitable, the indestructible, the magnificent king of real rhythm and blues, WILKO JOHNSON, a regular at Fibbers since 1994 and still, yes, STILL, at the top of his game.
And following his astonishing recovery from cancer, the original Dr Feelgood guitarist has enjoyed a rousing return to the live arena, including a No. 1 album with Roger Daltrey and a sold out Royal Albert Hall show to mark his 70th birthday.
Heavily influenced by MICK GREEN // THE PIRATES // LIVE AT HOPE & ANCHOR (rhythm and lead AT THE SAME TIME), our hero’s finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the self-described ‘stab’), allows for that same chords-and-lead to be played at the same time, giving a fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick.
That stripped-back economic sound, the black-suit and the scowls, the yards he covered across the stage pausing only to twist that coily lead from under his feet, Wilko Johnson is indisputably one of the era’s all-time guitar heroes.
Completing the band, as always, ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass, crouched over and dripping with sweat, pulling notes from thin air synched perfectly with Dylan Howe on drum.
But wait, who’s this supporting? Bloody hell, GLENN TILBROOK – a man who has more than earned his place at pop’s top table.
Forty five years after linking with Chris Difford, Jools Holland et al to form the much-loved and evergreen Squeeze, Glenn is still in demand as one of our most cherished songwriters and performers, still with a devotion to performing live, with no signs of diminishing!
Can you afford to miss this…