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Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 4/6/18

Pete Townshend, Jack White, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and more…

By Gary Graff

* The remnants of one of Pete Townshend’s smashed Fender Stratocasters will be auctioned on April 15 at a Heritage Auctions Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction in Dallas, with a predicted sale price of $20,000. The 1964 sonic blue Strat met its maker as the Who closed its December 1, 1967 show at Long Island Arena.

* Jack White will be the musical guest on the April 14 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, five days before he begins his tour supporting his new album, Boarding House Reach, in his hometown of Detroit. Boarding House Reach debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

* Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clarke has confirmed that neither group frontman and leader Mark Knopfler nor his brother David will attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland. Instead, Clark bassist John Illsley and keyboardist Guy Fletcher plan to perform an acoustic version of “Telegraph Road.”

* Robbie Robertson is putting the 1965 Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan used during his 1966 “electric” tour and on the Blonde On Blonde and The Basement Tapes albums up for sale on May 19 via Julien’s Auctions. Proceeds will benefit the American Indian College Fund. The guitar is expected to net up to $600,000.

* The four guitars stolen from the E Street Band’s Nils Lofgren at the beginning of the week in Dallas were quickly recovered by police, who also arrested a man suspected of the theft.

* Loud Krazy Love, the new documentary about Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, will have its U.S. premiere during May at the 49th Annual Nashville Film Festival. The movie deals with Welch’s struggles with addiction and Christian conversion as well as his musical career.

* James Iha contributed to the upcoming A Perfect Circle album Eat The Elephant, though he won’t be touring with the band this summer due to commitments to the Smashing Pumpkins reunion taking place at the same time.

* Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has formed a new band, the Longshot, with an album called Love Is For Losers expected out during the spring or summer. The group has posted teasers for some of its new music on social media.

* Former blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge will publish Sekret Machines: Book 2: A Fire Within, his second science fiction novel with A.J. Hartley, on September 18.

* The North American leg of the MC50 Kick Out The Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring MC5 co-founder Wayne Kramer and Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, will begin September 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and play 35 shows finishing October 26-27 in Detroit.

* Keith Urban has announced an April 27 release date for his new album, Graffiti U, which features 13 tracks.

* The documentary Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story will be released on home video on May 17, featuring interviews with Beck as well as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Slash, Joe Perry and others.

* Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has announced a June 15 release date for his third solo album, Call The Comet.

* Out Friday, April 6, is the documentary Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience on home video. Kath is also featured on the box set Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do), also out today.