Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 2/23/18

KISS, Gibson, Steve Miller, John Frusciante and more…

By Gary Graff
February 23, 2018

* KISS will be auctioning off a Tommy Thayer guitar, among other instruments, to raise money for  Manchester Children’s Hospital in the U.K., which the group promised to do after the terrorist shootings during an Ariana Grande concert there last year.

* Ace Frehley will be joining fellow former KISS members Bruce and Bob Kulick at the Indianapolis KISS Expo, taking place May 12-13. Frehley will perform both nights as a special guest with a Kulick-led house band.

* Musical instruments titan Gibson, reportedly facing bankruptcy, has announced restructuring plans that include refinancing and hiring a new chief financial officer.

* The Steve Miller Band will release Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976), a vinyl box set featuring the group’s first nine studio albums, through 1976’s Fly Like An Eagle, on May 18.

* Stephen Stills has announced another 23-date North American tour with Judy Collins to promote their 2016 duo album Everybody Knows, starting April 21 at Stills’ Light Up The Blues autism benefit concert in Los Angeles and continuing into the summer.

* Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars and his bandmates will be enshrined as new Funko Pop! toy figures, featuring the group’s early ’80s Shout At The Devil look.

* The Who’s Pete Townshend has announced an April 20 45th anniversary re-release of his debut solo album Who Came First, expanded with unreleased material including live tracks, demos, alternate versions and more. The Who’s legendary pre-Tommy concert in New York will also be released that date as Live At The Fillmore East 1968.

* Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has sold his 2,052-square-foot canal-front home in Venice, California for $2.8 million.

* Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction will be among the musicians performing at the Above Ground concert for mental health awareness taking place April 15 in Los Angeles. The artists are performing The Velvet Underground & Nico album in its entirety.

* Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has written the score for You Were Never Really Here, the new film adaptation of the Jonathan Ames novella of the same name. The soundtrack comes out March 9, ahead of the film’s release. Greenwood, meanwhile, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score and will attend the March 4 ceremony in Los Angeles.

* Tool’s Adam Jones has revealed on Instagram that the next recording sessions for the group’s long-awaited new album will take place in March. Jones wrote that the album is “still instrumentals” but that frontman Maynard James Keenan is working “on killer lyrics. Exciting.”

* As Muse readies its next album for an expected release later this year, Matt Bellamy tells the BBC that he feels: “The guitar has become a textural instrument rather than a lead instrument. And I think that’s probably a good thing. What’s exciting about this period of music is you can mix classical with hip-hop and rock in the same song. As a rock band you’re slightly one foot in the past, playing instruments like guitar, bass and drums.”

* Devin Townsend is working on a mobile game featuring the Ziltoid character he created for his Z2 album in 2014, posting a social media message that he’s “Developing a Ziltoid phone app in tandem with new music. Creatively free and fun. Meeting tonight to get ideas flowing.”

* Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society have released a video for the track “Love Unreal” from their latest album, Grimmest Hits.

* Todd Rundgren is reuniting his ’70s and ’80s band Utopia for a North American tour starting April 18. The lineup features bassist Kasim Sulton, drummer Willie Wilcox and keyboardist Ralph Schuckett.

* Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen has sold his home in Glendale, California, for nearly $1.8 million. He purchased the 1936 Spanish revival house for $1.4 million in 2014.