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Slash, James Iha, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC and more...

By Gary Graff
March 23, 2018

* Slash has confirmed that his third album with his band the Conspirators, featuring Myles Kennedy, will be released this fall. It’s the group’s first since 2014 and features new member Frank Sidoris on guitar.

* James Iha will be sitting out A Perfect Circle’s spring tour, which begins April 14, because of his commitments to Smashing Pumpkins this summer. Iha plays on the new APC album, Eat The Elephant, which comes out April 14 and is still considered a member of the band.

* A new four-disc Glenn Frey compilation, Above The Clouds: The Collection is due out May 11 featuring his solo hits, rare recordings by his pre-Eagles band Longbranch Pennywhistle and a DVD of a concert from 1992 in Dublin.

* Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman will be sitting out the group’s upcoming European tour, which begins March 27, because his wife is expecting their second child. His guitar tech will fill in for him.

* The new Jimi Hendrix album Both Sides Of The Sky put the late rocker back in the Top 10, debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.

* Toto’s Steve Lukather has turned the manuscript for his memoir, The Gospel According To Luke, into his publisher. A publication date is expected to be announced soon.

* Though he’s retired from touring due to Parkinson’s disease, Glenn Tipton sat in for the three-song encore of Judas Priest’s March 20 show in Newark, New Jersey, playing “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight.”

* Angus Young has started writing material for a new AC/DC album, with Axl Rose singing, according to Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson.

* Steve Mandell, the guitar player on “Dueling Banjos,” died on March 14 at the age of 76 from prostate cancer.

* INXS guitarist-saxophonist Kirk Pengilly grossed nearly $230,000 this week from auctioning off some of his instruments in Sydney. Among the big sellers was a 1964 Fender L-Series Stratocaster “Candy Apple Red” guitar used on various recordings, which scored a top bid of $42,700.

* Loverboy’s Paul Dean plans to release his first solo album in 21 years later this year. He’s already released one track from the set, a Mexican-influenced song called “Be With You.”