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Mark Tremonti, Tony Iommi, Joe Walsh, Ace Frehley and more…

By Gary Graff
March 30, 2018

* Mark Tremonti has announced a June 8 release for his fourth Tremonti album, A Dying Machine. The concept album is based on a story by Tremonti and science fiction author John Shirley, which will also be published as a novel.

* Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi tells Metal Hammer that he would like to collaborate again with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford in the future. Halford filled in with Sabbath for two shows during 1992 and one in 2004.

* Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Michael Bruce will publish an updated and revised limited edition of his memoir, No More Mr. Nice Guy, this year.

* Men At Work’s Colin Hay will make his debut with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, replacing Todd Rundgren, on June 2 in Atlantic City. The group will be touring Europe during the summer before returning to the U.S. on Sept. 1 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

* Nile Rodgers has been named the new Chief Creative Adviser at London’s Abbey Road Studios, where he’ll help develop new acts as well as work with established artists.

* Joe Walsh’s former girlfriend Kristin Casey has published a new book, Rock Monster: My Life With Joe Walsh, a tell-all about their relationship from the late ‘80s until the mid-’90s.

* Genesis alumnus Steve Hackett is among the artists who will be part of Yes’ 2019 Cruise To The Edge, which sets sale Feb. 4 from Tampa.

* The Smithereens’ late Pat DiNizio will be honored by his home town of Scotch Plains, New York on April 17 when a street corner is rechristened in his name. DiNizio died on Dec. 12 of last year.

* Joe Satriani and Sammy Hagar will reunite their all-star Chickenfoot for a one-off performance at the fifth annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit on May 15 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The group has been mostly dormant since 2011 due to the members’ other commitments.

* Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley will join former bandmate Gene Simmons during August and September for a concert run through Australia.

* Aerosmith’s Joe Perry will be rejoining the all-star Hollywood Vampires when the group hits the road starting May 17 in Verona, New York, playing mostly in Europe into the summer. The group is working on an album of original material as well.

* The Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood tells British press that he’s now cancer free and didn’t have to go through chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. The Stones begin a European tour on May 22.

* Marillion’s Steve Rothery, John Wesley (Porcupine Tree, Sound Of Contact) and Fernando Perdomo will play guitar for Continuum, a new supergroup formed by keyboardist Dave Kerzner.