Wilko Johnson: doctors “cautiously optimistic” after radical surgery

Wilko Johnson is recovering from a nine hour operation on Wednesday, April 30, in which doctors successfully removed a pancreatic tumour. In a statement Johnson's manager, Lisa Climie, said "The head of the medical team treating Wilko said that they were happy with his condition. "Wilko will stay under very close observation for the next few days. "Although cautiously optimistic the team have to stress that it is very early days yet.

Watch Kim and Kelley Deal perform Pixies, Breeders songs at acoustic show

Kim Deal appeared at Chicago's Reckless Records on April 19 as part of Record Store Day. During a brief acoustic set, Deal played an acoustic version of Pixies' song, “Gigantic", which Stereogum claim is her first performance of the song since leaving the band. Kim was joined by her sister Kelley on electric guitar for a version of the Breeders' “Cannonball”.

Watch Bruce Springsteen perform 40 year-old song live for first time ever

Bruce Springsteen performed live for the first time a song he first wrote 40 years ago in Florida on Tuesday [April 29]. Springsteen and the E Street Band dusted down "Linda Let Me Be the One", a rarity from the Born To Run sessions, during their show at the BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida. The track was originally recorded in June, 1975 at the Record Plant in New York during the Born To Run sessions. It subsequently appeared on Tracks, a four-disc box set released by Springsteen in 1998.

Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to “Like A Rolling Stone” to be auctioned

The handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan's song "Like A Rolling Stone" are to to be sold at auction in New York in June. BBC News cite a representative of Sotheby's, who describes the manuscript as "the most significant piece of rock material to appear at auction." Sotheby’s is planning to offer six pages of working manuscripts of “Like A Rolling Stone” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” as part of its 'History of Rock and Roll From Presley to Punk' auction on June 24.

Eric Clapton announces JJ Cale tribute album

Eric Clapton has announced the release of a tribute album to mark the first anniversary of the death of JJ Cale. The album, called Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation Of JJ Cale, will be released on July 29 and will feature reinterpretations of 16 Cale tracks, performed by Clapton and Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler and more. Cale died of a heart attack in San Diego last July, at the age of 74. The tracklisting for Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale is:

Wilko Johnson cancels forthcoming live shows for “medical procedure”

Wilko Johnson has cancelled all of his future live shows and public engagements to undergo a medical procedure. The guitarist, who has terminal cancer, has, according to a spokesperson been forced to pull all future appearances "reluctantly" to go into hospital. He was scheduled to make several festival appearances this summer, including Glastonbury.
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