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Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 2/16/18

Judas Priest, Stone Sour, Led Zeppelin, Ritchie Blackmore and more…

By Gary Graff
February 16, 2018

* Judas Priest has revealed that co-founder Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will miss some of the band’s tour dates in support of the new Firepower album this year. Andy Sneap will fill in for Tipton at those dates.

* Stone Sour’s Josh Rand will rejoin the group for its April 27 show at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Florida after spending time in unspecified “treatment” that caused him to miss the group’s touring so far this year.

* Jimmy Page tells Planet Rock that a new Led Zeppelin live album is coming this year that he says will offer “another view” from previous concert releases. He also dismissed any thoughts about another band reunion, saying that: “I very much doubt it…I really think the time has gone.”

* Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will release another live album, Memories In Rock II, on April 6, featuring the new studio recording “Waiting For A Sign.”

* Metallica will receive the prestigious Polar Music Prize from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) at a ceremony on June 14 in Stockholm, Sweden.

* Metallica has teamed with Vans for a third line of custom clothing and shoes that comes out on Feb. 16.

* Metallica’s James Hetfield, meanwhile, plays a Utah police officer in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile about serial killer Ted Bundy.

* Sixx: A.M.’s DJ Ashba and James Michael have formed a new group called Pyromantic. An album is released later this year, while a video for the project’s first single is due soon.

* The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton are teaming up again this year for another tour that starts April 14 in Victoria, British Columbia, and runs through late August. The two plan to perform together during Miller’s sets, as they did last year.

* Pete Townshend’s 1972 solo album Who Came First will be reissued and expanded on April 13 to commemorate its 45th anniversary.

* Bonnie Raitt has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National GUITAR Museum.

* Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood will be attending this year’s Academy Awards ceremony on March 4 in Los Angeles. Greenwood is nominated for Best Score for Phantom Thread.

* The Joan Jett documentary Bad Reputation has been purchased by Magnolia Pictures for North American distribution after premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

* John Fogerty has added another 12 dates to his series at the Wynn Las Vegas, with seven shows in May and five during October.

* Brian Setzer will take a Rockabilly Riot! tour on the road starting June 1 in Santa Ynez, California, and play 15 shows through June 24.

* Michael Landau, a session player for Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Joni Mitchell and many others, will release a new album, Rock Bottom, on Feb. 23.

* Garcia Live Volume Ten: May 20th, 1990 Hilo Civic Auditorium comes out Feb. 23, featuring a Jerry Garcia Band performance that includes five Bob Dylan songs and covers of favorites by Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and Jimmy Cliff.

* James Iha has rejoined Smashing Pumpkins for the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, kicking off July 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

* Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready has posted footage from a recording session he did with five young musicians aged 15-20  who live in foster care homes in Seattle, creating a new tune together called “Try So Hard.” The clip is part of McCready’s continuing work with the non-profit Treehouse organization in Washington state.

* Richie Sambora and Orianthi released a cover of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” along with their own “Forever All The Way” for this week’s Valentine’s Day celebrations.