Guitar News For The Week Ending 1/12/18

Eric Clapton, Jack White, Joe Perry, Motörhead and more…

By Gary Graff
January 12, 2018

* Eric Clapton revealed to the BBC that he is suffering degenerative hearing issues and is concerned about future live shows, including his July performance in London’s Hyde Park. He also said that he continues to have problems with his hands due to long-term nerve damage.

* A charity concert honoring AC/DC’s late Malcolm Young has been scheduled for Feb. 17, the same day AC/DC released its debut album, High Voltage, in 1975. Performers at the show in Melbourne will include Suzi Quatro, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger and the tribute band Whole Lotta Rosie. Proceeds will go to the Dementia Foundation.

* Jack White has released “Connected By Love” and “Respect Commander,” the first songs from his next solo album Boarding House Reach that’s due later this year. The songs will be released on a limited-edition 7-inch single available at Third Man Records stores in Detroit and Nashville.

* Aerosmith’s Joe Perry will celebrate the release of his new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, on Jan. 16 with a concert at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. He’ll be joined by Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, David Johansen, members of Stone Temple Pilots, Terry Reid and others, some of whom contributed to the album. The set is due out Jan. 19.

* Tom Morello is among the musicians featured in a new video for The Promise Campaign for human rights, which was established by the family of the late Chris Cornell and titled after his song from the 2017 film of the same name.

* A documentary about Van Halen is in the works, bassist Michael Anthony revealed in an Instagram post this week. No title or release date have been announced, however.

* Former Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke died at the age of 67 following a battle with pneumonia. Clarke was with Motörhead from 1976-82, after which he formed the band Fastway.

*  Motörhead alumnus Phil Campbell and his band the Bastard Sons have released a video for their new song, “Welcome To Hell.”

* The surviving members of  Motörhead — guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mickey Dee — are planning a tribute concert to the group’s late Lemmy Kilmister later this year. Guest singers and bassists will fill for Lemmy, and Campbell indicates that several shows may take place around the world.

* ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons has canceled his current Up Close & Personal Australian tour because he was contracted to speak and sign autographs only while fans were given the impression he would also be playing music.

* John Mayer is soliciting letters from fans — “real” letters, however, typed or written and mailed to him via P.O. Box 3784 Beverly Hills, CA, 90212. Mayer promises to “reply to a few every morning.”

* John Fogerty has issued a statement slamming the new film Proud Mary, which uses the title of his biggest Creedence Clearwater Revival hit. Fogerty is particularly irked that the movie poster changes the songs lyrics from “working” to “killing for the man every night and day.” In the statement, Fogerty says: “My songs are special to me. Precious. So it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the goodwill it has earned with the public for their financial gain…This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song.”

* Babymetal announced the death of guitarist Mikio Fujioka on Jan. 5 at the age of 36 after falling from an observation deck in Japan on Dec. 30.

* The Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced its 2018 Wheels of Soul Tour with Drive-By Truckers and the Marcus King Band, kicking off June 29 and running through late July.

* Bonnie Raitt is returning to the road with James Taylor this spring for a series of shows starting May 8 in Jacksonville, Florida, and wrapping up July 1.

* The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan will be touring together this summer, starting May 10 in Charlotte, N.C., with dates announced through mid-July.

* A “severe illness” forced Zakk Wylde to cancel Black Label Society concerts this week in Montreal and Toronto. The group plans to make up the dates during the summer.

* Bruce Springsteen’s latest release in his official bootleg series comes from June 24, 1993 at Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey during the tour with his “other” band that features guitarist Shane Fontayne and also features guest appearances from Little Steven Van Zandt and others.

* Chris Tsangarides, who produced albums for Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore, passed away at the age of 61 from heart failure and pneumonia.