Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 1/19/18

Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Jimi Hendrix, Slash and more…

By Gary Graff
January 19, 2017

* Aerosmith’s Joe Perry releases his new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, Friday (Jan. 19) featuring guest appearances from Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, Johnny Depp and others.

* Marilyn Manson issued a tweet this week that Johnny Depp is considering joining his band as a guitarist. No timetable or other details were disclosed.

* Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 Band of Gypsys album will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame this year and honored during the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 28. Also being enshrined are “Paint It, Black” by the Rolling Stones, Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” Parliament’s “Flash Light,” Queen’s A Night At The Opera and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

* Slash received a custom-made, one-of-a-kind Gibson Les Paul Slash Anaconda Burst guitar, modeled after his passion for reptiles, during the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Slash is Gibson’s first-ever Global Brand Ambassador.

* Incubus’ Mike Einziger is featured prominently in the video for “Loneliest,” the new single from the band’s latest album 8.

* Allman Brothers Band sons Duane Betts and Devon Allman will join forces for a tour that starts Jan. 24 in New York and has scattered dates booked into July.

* Joe Walsh has signed a new publishing deal for his songwriting catalog with Sony/ATV Music, including his work with the James Gang, Barnstorm, the Eagles and his solo work.

* Prince will “perform” a “Prince: Live On The Big Screen” concert, via archival video footage, on April 12 in Minneapolis, accompanied by a live band that will include former Prince band members.

* Queen guitarist Brian May has confirmed that the band biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will open on Christmas Day this year despite some production delays late last year.

* Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham has put his rebuilt, 11,000-square-foot home in Beverly Hills, California, up for sale, with an asking price of $22.5 million.

* Journey and Def Leppard are joining forces for a 58-city spring and summer tour that kicks off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, and will play both arenas and stadiums.

* Former Kiss guitarists Ace Frehley and Bob and Bruce Kulick will perform during the 2018 Kiss Kruise, departing Oct. 31 from Miami.

* American Valhalla, the documentary about Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme’s work with Iggy Pop in 2016, will be released March 9 on home video.

* Former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy has formed a new band, Dream Child, with former members of Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne’s band.

* The all-star “Concert For George,” the 2002 celebration of the late George Harrison, will be reissued on Feb. 25 — what would have been his 75th birthday — in expanded four-LP and 10-disc box sets, featuring performances by Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Harrison’s son Dhani and Beatles mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

* Stephen Stills will host a “Light Up The Blues” Autism benefit concert on April 21 in Los Angeles, featuring Neil Young, Sheryl Crow and others, as well as the first performance by Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers since Petty’s death last year.

* Frank Zappa’s legendary series of 1973 concerts at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood will be released March 23 in the seven-CD box set The Roxy Performances.

* Former Black Label Society guitarist Nick Catanese has pleaded guilty to unlawful contact, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children after sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old girl while working as an instructor at the School of Rock in Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania.

* Keith Urban has announced a new album, Graffiti U, that will be released before the start of a summer tour on June 15 in St. Louis.