Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 3/16/18

Joe Perry, Jack White, Johnny Marr, Joe Bonamassa and more…

By Gary Graff
March 16, 2018

* Joe Perry has announced three Joe Perry & Friends shows this April in Boston, Atlantic City and Hampton Beach, Virginia. Perry will be joined by Aerosmith bandmate Brad Whitford and original Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, among others.

* Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery on May 10 in Seattle. McCready will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work in helping MusiCares help musicians facing addiction issues. The concert will also feature Guns N’ Roses Slash and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.

* The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward will host the inaugural On The Blue cruise, setting sail next Feb. 10 from Miami. Hayward will be joined by former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Dave Mason, Rick Derringer and others.

* Slash has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man he says has been trespassing on his property in Los Angeles.

* Former Smiths member Johnny Marr has revealed the title for his new solo album, Call The Comet, and has promised it will be released “soon.”

* Marr has also reunited with The The for “You Can’t Stop What’s Coming,” the group’s first new song in 15 years. It will be released on Record Store Day, April 21.

* Jack White has announced a trio of intimate shows to launch his new album, Boarding House Reach, starting March 20 in Brooklyn and followed by shows in New York and London. The album comes out March 23.

* White also revealed that the new album features a song, “Humoresque,” written by gangster Al Capone and that he played Eddie Van Halen’s new signature guitar during the recording sessions.

* King Crimson will release a new concert album, Live In Vienna 2016, on April 6. The three-CD set was recorded Dec. 1, 2016 in Austria over three CDs, with deluxe packaging.

* Nokie Edwards who was with the Ventures at various times between 1960-2012, died on March 12 at the age of 82 from an infection he incurred after a hip surgery in December.  Edwards was also part of Buck Owens Buckaroos.

* Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton has released a message thanking fans for their support after he revealed he’s suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which as forced him to retire from touring. Tipton writes that he’s “been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I’ve had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there. It’s not the end for me — I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs.” Tipton also thanked his bandmates for their support and insisted that he will continue to be a member of Judas Priest.

* Joe Bonamassa will release  the new British Blues Explosion Live, recorded during July 2016 in London on May 18 on CD, vinyl and home video.

* The Secret Sessions, an album of  unreleased recordings by a supergroup that included Eric Clapton, Dickey Betts, Todd Rundgren, Steve Hunter and Ian Hunter,  will be released for Record Store Day on April 21.

* Mark Farner is being sued by former Grand Funk Railroad bandmates Don Brewer and Mel Schacher, who claim the guitarist is violating a 2004 injunction about how he can and can’t refer to his membership in the band in promoting his solo performances.

* Sisters Of Sleep’s Eddie Bermudez has been arrested on two dozen child pornography counts, which has led the band to break up. Bermudez is facing more than 244 years in prison for the alleged offenses.