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Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 2/9/18

Prince, Frank Zappa, Walter Becker, George Lynch and more…

By Gary Graff
February 9, 2018

* One of Prince’s famed white Schecter “cloud” guitars, similar to the instrument he played in the Purple Rain film, goes on the auction May 18 via Julien’s Auctions, along with articles of clothing and other memorabilia. The guitar was designed by Dave Rusan and had been given as a gift to a Paisley Park employee.

* A Bizarre World of Frank Zappa Hologram/Tour has been confirmed by his estate and will be accompanied on the road by a corps of former Zappa band members, including Steve Vai, Warren Cuccurullo, Ray White and Mike Keneally. Dates for the tour will be announced soon.

* The estate of Steely Dan’s late Walter Becker has responded to co-founder Donald Fagen’s lawsuit seeking full control of the group. The estate claims that a 1972 agreement that gives band shares to the remaining members when another leaves the band or dies is null and void due to a clause that prevents the shares from ever being held by a single stockholder. Fagen’s side, of course, disputes that interpretation and claims that the estate “already received its fair share of Steely Dan’s revenues based on Becker’s contributions to the band while he was alive.”

* INXS’ Kirk Pengilly is auctioning off a number of his instruments, including several guitars, via Sotheby’s Australia. The collection can be viewed at www.sothebysaustralia.com.au/catalogue/AU0821B

* The family of the late 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts is suing a doctor in Alabama, as well as the Rite Aid Corporation, for wrongful death. Roberts died of a prescription drug overdose during August of 2016, and the suit alleges the doctor kept him on a high level of opioids that led to Roberts becoming addicted. The doctor was charged will illegal drug distribution last November in connection with Roberts’ death.

* Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland is reportedly working on a new project with blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Borland has shared footage of the two working together in the studio via social media.

* George Lynch has started a new band, Super Stroke, with former Dokken bandmates Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown and former Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason. More details are expected soon. Dokken, meanwhile, will release Return To The East 2016 from its reunion dates in Japan on April 20.

* The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. has announced a March 9 release for Francis Trouble, his fourth solo album. He’ll launch a tour on March 6 to support the set.

* Bruce Springsteen has released a new “official bootleg” from his vaults, from a 2005 concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on his solo Devils & Dust Tour.

* Joe Bonamassa and Black Country Communion have released a video for the track “Love Remains” from the group’s latest album, BCCIV.

* Billy Howerdel and A Perfect Circle have announced an April 20 release date for the long awaited fourth album, Eat The Elephant. The group has released a new track, “TalkTalk,” which joins the previously released “Disillusioned” and “The Doomed.” It’s A Perfect Circle’s first album in 14 years.

* Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand is “doing really, really well” in rehab, according to frontman Corey Taylor. Taylor told a Canadian radio station the group is in touch with Rand daily and expects him to rejoin the group on the road in the near future.

* Randy Bachman will release By George By Bachman, a George Harrison tribute album, on March 16, which would have been Harrison’s 75th birthday. Tracks include “If I Needed Someone,” “You Like Me Too Much,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Handle With Care,” “Taxman,” “I Need You,” “Something,” “Think For Yourself,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Don’t Bother Me,” and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).”

* Polish guitarist Marcin ‘Valeo’ Walenczykowski, who played in Vesania, Sammath Naur, Mortis Dei and Rootwater, passed away on Feb. 1 from lymphoma.