Guitar News For The Week Ending 1/5/18

Hard Rock, Jack White, John Mayer, Brian Setzer and more…

By Gary Graff
January 5, 2017

* Hard Rock will be building the world’s largest guitar-shaped building, a 137-meter, 638-room Hotel and Casino in Seminole, Florida. It’s expected to open in 2019.

* Jack White has announced his first concert in nearly three years, playing at the Governor’s Ball festival June 1-3 in New York City. White will be releasing a new album this year as well.

* Brian Setzer has announced a reunion show for the Stray Cats, taking place April 21 as part of Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend in Sin City.

* Martin guitars has announced its fifth collaboration with John Mayer for a new D-45 Mayer Custom Signature Edition, which will cost $14,999 and will be unveiled Jan. 25 in Anaheim, California. The guitar was designed by Mayer and is made of Guatemalan rosewood and spruce, with gold tuning pegs.

* Slash’s 15-year-old son London Hudson told the Appetite For Distortion podcast that his father is “really excited” to be playing in Guns N’ Roses again.

* The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in the U.K., along with the Beatles’ Ringo Starr.

* Slipknot guitarist Jim Root and his girlfriend Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil have split up after 13 years together.

* Out Friday (Jan. 5) is The Allan Holdsworth Solo Album Collection, a 12-disc vinyl set featuring the late guitarist’s work.

* Big Big Train’s Andy Poole is leaving the band he helped form in 1990, posting a message to fans saying: “it has been a long old trip aboard this train and now the time is right for me to disembark; I am ready for new and exciting adventures.”