Ticket touts denying Wilko & his fans the farewell he deserves

Whilst trying to buy myself a ticket for one of Wilko Johnsons farewell gigs, I came across this woman, Deborah Harris & saw how touts have been snapping up these tickets. Touting with huge mark up is wrong anyway, but hell Wilko has the right to do this gig his way. It is wrong for touts to rape him of this by re selling tickets so expensively that the crowd will not be the real, true crowd that should be there.
Deborah got this piece in a local paper the other day.

She has also now uploaded this onto you tube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=04BJ8Q9rIb8 hoping it will go viral, to at least raise awareness of yet another way of how those with money & no passion can deny those with little money & a lot of passion of the simple yet important things in life.
If you cannot see the video, you can also sin the petition here http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-e-ticket-companies-and-touts-exploiting-us/ They do suggest a donation after you have voted, this is not mandatory & do not let it put you off. They rely on donations & If someone wants to & can afford to then fine, otherwise do not stress about it.

Will Wilko pull off his farewell tour? Wilco will

Will Wilko pull off his farewell tour? Wilco will
You’ve probably heard the news about Wilko Johnson by now. Tours planned for April & I am sure Wilko Will get through the tour & do it in true rock’n'roll style. I must get a ticket for his Edinburgh gig. Without doubt it will an incredible gig, will a who lot of love in the room. Go Wilko……………This is his amazing BBC interview today, on how cancer has made him feel strangely alive.

Wilko Johnson: ‘Terminal cancer has made me feel alive’

Johnson has played with Dr Feelgood, Ian Dury’s Blockheads and his own group, The Wilko Johnson Band
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Wilko Johnson has spoken of the strange “euphoria” he has experienced since being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The former Dr Feelgood guitarist said the news made him feel “vividly alive” – and lifted the bouts of depression he had previously experienced.

But Johnson told Radio 4′s Front Row programme he would cancel his planned farewell gigs if he began to feel sick.

The 65-year-old revealed earlier this month that he was suffering from terminal cancer of the pancreas.

He told Front Row’s John Wilson: “I noticed the symptoms a few months ago – there was this lump in my stomach. I treated it by ignoring it and hoping it would go away.

“When I went in for the diagnosis and the doctor told me ‘You’ve got cancer’ it was quite plain it was an inoperable thing, there was nothing they could do.

“We walked out of there and I felt an elation of spirit. You’re walking along and suddenly you’re vividly alive. You’re looking at the trees and the sky and everything and it’s just ‘whoah’.

“I am actually a miserable person. I’ve spent most of my life moping in depressions and things, but this has all lifted.”

Johnson explained he was given nine or 10 months to live and refused chemotherapy when it was clear it might only add another two months to his life.

“I just wanna know how long I’m gonna feel like this, which is absolutely fine,” he said.

Johnson is due to play four dates in France at the beginning of February, followed by three successive nights at the Greystones pub in Sheffield.

His farewell tour concludes with dates in London, Bilston, Holmfirth and Glasgow in March.

But he admitted: “If the cancer kicks in before that, then I can’t go on stage. I’m not going to go on stage looking ill – I don’t wanna present a sorry spectacle!

“This position I’m in is so strange, in that I do feel fit and yet I know death is upon me.

“I’m not hoping for a miracle cure or anything. I just hope it spares me long enough to do these gigs – then I’ll be a happy man.”

While admitting saying goodbye to people was hard, Johnson insisted he did not feel down about his condition.

“I am a feather for each wind that blows and the wind’s blowing me this way now. But yet I still retain this marvellous feeling of freedom,” he said.

Wilko Johnson was speaking to the BBC’s John Wilson
“The things that used to bring me down, or worry me, or annoy me, they don’t matter anymore – and that’s when you sit thinking ‘Wow, why didn’t I work this out before? Why didn’t I work out before that it’s just the moment you’re in that matters?’

“Worrying about the future or regretting the past is just a foolish waste of time. Of course we can’t all be threatened with imminent death, but it probably takes that to knock a bit of sense into our heads.”

Johnson, who also played with Ian Dury’s Blockheads and the Wilko Johnson Band, lost his wife, Irene, to cancer eight years ago.

He admitted: “I’m still prone to bursting into tears thinking about her, but I’ve never come anywhere near that thinking about myself.

“Right now it’s just fantastic – it makes you feel alive. Just walking down the street you really feel alive.

“Every little thing you see, every cold breeze against your face, every brick in the road, you think ‘I’m alive, I’m alive’ – I hope I can hang onto that.

“I’ve had a fantastic life. When I think about the things that have happened to me and the things I’ve done, I think anybody who asks for more would just be being greedy. I don’t wanna be greedy.”

You can hear the full interview with Wilko Johnson on Radio 4′s Front Row at 19:15 on 25 January.

What have the B52′s got in mind?

B52′s shared a teaser on facebook this evening, thet posted We’re cookin’ up some good stuff for this summer…
Just sayin’!
Could this mean a new album? Tour plans. I do not know, it could be anything at all, but I regret not seeing them when I had my chance in the 80′s.
Maybe they could play Glastonbury! How good would that be, I cannot wait to see the full line up for this year when it is announced. So much speculation of The Smiths & The Rolling Stones. This year is going to be good, that’s for sure. :)