The Who's Roger Daltrey and former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson have announced an April 8 release date for their joint album, "Going Back Home."
The 11-song set remakes several of Johnson's songs, including Dr. Feelgood's "All Through the City," "Keep It Out of Sight," "Gong Back Home," "Everybody's Got a Gun" and the unreleased ballad "Turned 21," plus a cover of Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window."
In a statement Daltrey says that the idea to do something together was hatched at a 2010 awards ceremony in England; "I turned out we both loved Johnny Kidd & the Pirates. They'd been a big influence on both of our bands. That heavy power trio sound, backing up a singer; it's a British institution. No one does that better than us."
The project was fast-tracked when Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in January of 2013, and two recorded the album in a week backed by former members of Ian Drury's Blockheads, the Style Council and Dexys Midnight Runners.
Daltrey and Johnson will perform a one-off show on February 25 at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London.
Daltrey is donating his share of the album's royalties to the Teenage Cancer Trust he established in Britain.