Former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson is reportedly making “excellent progress” after a recent nine-hour operation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire to have a pancreatic tumour removed.
A statement on the Dr Feelgood Facebook page reads: “We’re sure you will be as delighted as we are that after making excellent progress at Addenbrooke’s over the last few weeks, Wilko is now convalescing back at his home. Naturally after such an extensive procedure, Wilko is extremely tired, and it will take him some time to recuperate, so he asks that you respect his privacy, but we had to share this incredibly positive news. On behalf of Wilko and his family, another huge thank you for your magnificent support over recent months – it really means a great deal to Wilko – and please join us in thanking the staff at Addenbrooke’s for everything they have achieved in some extremely difficult circumstances.”
Johnson “reluctantly” canceled future live shows, including several summer festival gigs, in order to undergo the procedure.
The guitarist recently recorded an album with The Who’s Roger Daltrey, entitled Going Back Home.