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Sad News

We have had some sad news from the UK, regarding one of our stalwarts from HBO's GAME OF THRONES.

I will let the press release speak for itself:


I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal
cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.

He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and
can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and

He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new
CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK.
There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.

Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his
long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted
fans and admirers who have attended
his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an
extraordinarily full and eventful experience.

Thank you.

Robert Hoy

(GRRM back). I never had the chance to meet Wilko Johnson during any of my visits to the set, but I certainly liked what he has been doing in the role of our silent headsman, Ser Ilyn Payne. He will be missed.

About a dozen people have sent me that press release above, by the way. (The story appeared in the GUARDIAN and other UK newspapers). Many of them want to know if the part of Ser Ilyn will be recast. I'm sorry, but I have no answer. At this juncture, it would premature even to discuss the issue, I think. Anyway, no one has discussed it with me, nor would I expect them to.

Thanks for the good work, Wilko... and for all the joy your music gave your fans. You'll leave the world a richer place than you found it, and more than that cannot be asked of any man.


Jan. 19th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
When I saw his name in the GoT credits ...
... I thought, "Hey, that guy's got the same name as the guitarist on one of my favorite albums!"

And looking at him on GoT, well, I still didn't recognize the fearsome-looking geezer as being the same guy as that serious-looking young fellow in Dr. Feelgood's greatest incarnation.

Critics don't all agree with me, but I find the Dr. Feelgood album Malpractice from 1975 among the greatest and most satisfying for playing loud.

Run to YouTube now and search them out.

For instance (one of many): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzF0AETdRF8

The big hit was Roxette. You'll see Wilko's presence and playing is midway between The Who and Talking Heads. Always on the move, he does a restrained twitchy rhythm until he unleashes fierce bursts of lead. (He acknowledges the style builds on that of Mick Green of the Pirates.)

I might add that pancreatic cancer sucks and one group that fights it is at http://www.lustgarten.org/ .

Edited at 2013-01-19 05:39 am (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: When I saw his name in the GoT credits ...
I prefer Stupidity myself.

I've been a Wilko fan for decades now. I didn't even know he was on the show,
Jan. 26th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
Re: When I saw his name in the GoT credits ...
The man basically defined new wave guitar. Gonna have to listen to Cheque Book really LOUD.


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