Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 3/9/18

Jimi Hendrix, Tool, Kim Thayil, Wayne Kramer and more…

By Gary Graff
March 9, 2018

* New in stores is Jimi Hendrix’s Both Sides Of The Sky, a posthumous set featuring guest appearances by Johnny Winter, Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood, as well as recordings Hendrix did between 1968-70 with his Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsies. A 7-inch single of “Mannish Boy” and “Trash Man” from the set will be released for Record Store Day on April 21.

* Tool guitarist Adam Jones posted social media messages this week announcing the start of recording for the band’s new album, its first since 2006, and revealing Joe Barresi (Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Slipknot) will produce the set.

* Eric Clapton has announced a pair of shows, Oct. 6-7, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets go on sale March 16 via Ticketmaster.

* Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil will resurface for the first time since Chris Cornell’s death last May to play guitar on the MC50 tour, organized by the MC5’s Wayne Kramer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the recording of the seminal Kick Out The Jams album. The tour will start during the summer in Europe and will include an Oct. 27 show in the group’s hometown of Detroit.

* Kramer has also announced the Aug. 14 publication of a memoir, The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5, And My Life Of Impossibilities.

* Kramer and Johnny Depp were surprise guests when Stone Temple Pilots opened its first U.S. tour with new singer Jeff Gutt on March 4 in Santa Clarita, California. The two joined STP for renditions of “Sex Type Thing” and the MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams.”

* Carlos Santana has signed a deal with for a new line of Anthony Veer-Carlos by Carlos Santana Shoes For Men. Sales will benefit Santana’s Milagro Foundation and the Zappos For Good charity.

* Guitarist Brad Delson and other members of Linkin Park were tagged in a recent in-studio photo that appeared on Instagram last week. The group has not announced future plans in the wake of singer Chester Bennington’s suicide last July.

* Bruce Springsteen has released a new “official” bootleg recording from Aug. 20, 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, during the Born In The USA tour. The show featured a guest appearance by Little Steven Van Zandt and the Miami Horns.

* Former Kiss axeman Vinnie Vincent will join bassist Gene Simmons for a performance on April 14 in Nashville. Vincent recently performed at the Atlanta Kiss Expo, ending a long period out of the limelight.

* Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, is releasing the full film score for You Were Never Really Here today (March 9) via stream. Earlier this week, he released the song “Dark Street” from the set. The film itself, a thriller written and directed by Lynne Ramsay, comes out next month.

* A lyric video has been released for “Long Distance Love,” a track from Status Quo co-founder Rick Parfitt’s upcoming posthumous solo album Over And Out, which comes out March 23. Queen’s Brian May is among those who helped Rick Parfitt Jr. finish the project.

* Gibson Brands has laid off a reported 15 employees from its Custom Shop as part of a financial restructuring to avoid bankruptcy. Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded the struggling company’s credit rating due to an “increased likelihood” of a bankruptcy filing.

* The late Chuck Berry has been nominated for Album of the Year and Best Blues Album for his posthumous Chuck at the 2018 Libera Awards. The ceremony takes place June 21 in New York.

* Jeff Beck has been added to the Live At Chelsea Concert Series in London, with a show that will take place June 14. Beck will be touring North America this summer with Paul Rodgers and Heart’s Ann Wilson.

* Neil Young’s new movie Paradox, directed by his girlfriend Daryl Hannah, has been acquired by Netflix, which will start streaming it on March 23. The film, which also features Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah from Promise Of the Real, will premiere on March 15 during the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

* Shooting Star guitarist Van McClain died on March 2 after a three-year battle with the West Nile virus.