Guitar Player News For The Week Ending 3/2/18

Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Neil Young, Judas Priest and more…

By Gary Graff
March 2, 2018

* Neil Young has announced the release of Tonight’s The Night Live, a previously unreleased recording from September 1973 in Los Angeles with his band the Santa Monica Flyers, on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 21 and other formats on April 24.

* A Canadian arrest card from Jimi Hendrix’s May 1969 drug possession bust in Toronto, including his fingerprints and signature, is going up for auction this month and is expected to fetch more than $14,000.

* The documentary Joe Satriani: Beyond The Supernova, directed by his son, ZZ Satriani, will make its broadcast premiere March 6 on AXS TV.

* Word surfaced this week that original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin almost joined the group during a show on its current tour in Nashville but bailed out after the soundcheck. It would have been Stradlin’s first appearance with GNR in 26 years.

* Metallica’s frontman James Hetfield and his wife Francesca have donated 1,000 acres of land as open space to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust in Marin County, Calif. The Hetfield’s have previously turned over 570 acres to the county in other transactions.

* Zakk Wylde joined Ozzy Osbourne in helping a New Brunswick man whose CD collection was stolen from his car while he was making a pizza delivery. The two sent the man replacement CDs by Osbourne, Black Sabbath and Black Label Society, as well as autographs.

* The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has apologized for saying that bandmate Mick Jagger should have a vasectomy after his current girlfriend gave birth to his eighth child in 2016. Richards tweeted that his remarks to the Wall Street Journal “were completely out of line” and that he has “apologized to [Jagger] in person.”

* Slayer has released the first episode of a video documentary about its 37-year career, with Kerry King and Tom Araya discussing the band’s formation and current members Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph talking about their own first experiences hearing Slayer.

* More music that Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood wrote and recorded for the film Phantom Thread will be heard via additional scenes on the DVD and Blu-ray versions coming April 10. Greenwood’s score is nominated for an Academy Award, which will be announced on Sunday (March 4).

* Babymetal has announced its first world tour after the Jan. 5 death of guitarist Mikio Fujioka. The group starts May 8 in Kansas City and will play shows in North America and Europe.

* Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has issued a statement saying he did not mean to imply that Glenn Tipton did not play on the group’s new album, Firestarter. Downing had said he was “shocked and stunned” that Priest didn’t try to re-enlist him after Tipton decided to retire from touring due to Parkinson’s disease but said that any insinuating that Tipton did not play on the album were “regretfully misinterpreted.”

* Metallica has announced another North American leg of its WorldWired Tour, beginning Sept. 2 in Madison, Wisconsin, and wrapping up March 13, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

* Jack White has released another new song from his upcoming album Boarding House Reach. The track, “Over and Over and Over,” was originally written for the White Stripes. The album comes out March 23.

* Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine will be among those featured in a new series of limited edition Rock Iconz figures coming this summer from Knucklebonz. Only 3,000 of each figure will be manufactured.

* Dan Auerbach’s concert on Feb. 25 in Nashville featured a guest appearance by drummer Patrick Carney, marking the first public performance by the Black Keys bandmates since August of 2015.

* Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti’s band Tremonti has announced a new album, Dying Machine, for release later this year. The group will also be touring Europe starting June 18 in Munich as well as supporting Iron Maiden on it European tour in July.

* The Rolling Stones announced a U.K. tour, including Ireland, for the summer, beginning May 17 in Dublin and finishing June 19 in London.

* Led Zeppelin’s first ever Record Store Day release will be a limited edition seven-inch single on yellow vinyl featuring unheard mixes of “Rock and Roll” and “Friends.” Jimmy Page oversaw both of the mixes.

* Mark Knopfler is writing music for a forthcoming stage production of Local Hero, the 1983 film he scored. Knopfler will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Dire Straits on April 14 in Cleveland.

* All 16 of the late Rory Gallagher’s solo albums will be reissued on March 16 to commemorate what would have been his 70th birthday, which falls on March 2. A number of events are planned in his native Ireland this weekend, including a plaque unveiling at the Cork Institute of Technology.

* Steve Van Zandt has announced five East Coast shows April 29-May 5 with his Disciples of Soul to benefit TeachRock, a new initiative for music education in schools.

* Tony Iommi will host and speak at a charity lunch on April 20 in Birmingham, England to benefit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the late Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls was treated. Nicholls died in January 2017 from lung cancer at the age of 68.

* Chris Stapleton leads the field with eight nominations for the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be presented April 15 in Las Vegas and air on CBS.