Guitar News For The Week Ending 1/26/17

Rush, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, Jack White and more…

By Gary Graff
January 26, 2018

* Alex Lifeson has confirmed that Rush is “basically done” after its 40th (actually 41st) anniversary tour in 2015. The group, he tells Canada’s Globe & Mail, has “no plans to tour or record anymore,” though he himself is working on “four or five different little projects.”

* Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars will be portrayed by “Game of Thrones'” Iwan Rheon in the upcoming film adaptation of the band autobiography The Dirt” Production will be starting next month, and the project will premiere on Netflix once it’s completed.

* Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has been nominated for an Academy Award for his score for Phantom Thread. It’s Greenwood’s fourth collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson, and the guitarist plans to play the score in its entirety during a screening of the film on Jan. 31 in London.

* Jimmy Page has overseen the remastering of Led Zeppelin’s 2003 live album How The West Was Won, which will be reissued on March 23 in a variety of configurations, including its first-ever release on vinyl.

* Slayer has announced a final world tour, kicking off May 10 in San Diego. But Kerry King’s wife Ayesha writes in an Instagram post that King “says not to worry, you’ll always get music from him.”

* Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced a Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, starting May 4 in Florida. But guitarist and sole remaining original member Gary Rossington tells us the tour will take up to two years and says the band may reconsider at some point. Skynyrd does plan to record a final album this year as well.

* Jack White, the Steve Miller Band and Aerosmith are among the artists playing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, running April 27-29 and May 3-6.

* Jack White has announced that fans attending his headline shows this year will be required to stow their cell phones in locked bags during this concerts for a “phone-free, 100-percent human experience.” The phones can be used during the shows by taking them to a special area in each venue.

* Jack White has released another new song, “Corporation,” from his upcoming album Boarding House Reach, due out March 23.

* Metallica will reissue its long-out-of-print 1987 The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited, on April 13, featuring five cover songs. The set comes out in several formats, including CD, vinyl picture disc and cassette.

* Metallica’s James Hetfield will voice a character named Wolfgang in a forthcoming episode of the animated series Skylanders Academy on Netflix.

* Journey guitarist Neal Schon tells Ultimate Classic Rock that he and bandmate Jonathan Cain have patched up their differences, allowing the group to commit to its upcoming summer tour with Def Leppard.

* Steve Hackett has announced a six-date Genesis Revisited tour of the U.K. from October 1-8, accompanied by a 41-piece orchestra.

* Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will release a new live album, Memories In Rock II, later this year, which will include a new studio track that’s expected to be released in March.

* ZZ Top will play a five-date Las Vegas residency starting April 20 at the Venetian Las Vegas. It will be the group’s first series of shows since postponing its fall tour dates in October due to bassist Dusty Hill’s health.

* Neil Young is planning to release two archival live albums this year — Tonight’s The Night Live, from a 1973 concert in Los Angeles, and ALCHEMY from his 2012/2014 tours with Crazy Horse.

* The Best of the Grateful Dead Live is set for a March 23 release, taking tracks from the group’s many live albums — including “So Many Roads” from its final show with the late Jerry Garcia on July 9, 1995 in Chicago.

* Winery Dogs’ Richie Kotzen has released a video for a new solo track called “The Damned.”