Jim Rodford, Chicago, Smashing Pumpkins, Slipknot and more…
By Gary Graff
January 26, 2018
* Jim Rodford, who played bass for Argent, the Kinks and, most recently, the Zombies, died Jan. 20 at the age of 76 after falling at his home in St. Albans, England.
* Chicago has changed bass players, adding former Brian Wilson band member Brett Simons in place of Jeff Coffey, whose short run with the group began in 2016.
* Original Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky has denied any plans to be be part of a reunion, telling Blast Echo this week that “it’s not going to happen…I only just found out yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player.” Smashing Pumpkins has not indicated who that is, however.
* A reunion of former Smiths members billed as Classically Smiths crashed during the week after bassist Andy Rourke announced he would not be part of it.
* The family of the late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray has settled its lawsuit with the Des Moines doctor and hospital they blamed for his death in 2010. Details have not been revealed.
* Fans are a step closer to having a Cliff Burton Day, honoring Metallica’s late bassist, in his home town of Castro Valley, California. The city’s Municipal Advisory Council approved the observance after receiving a petition with more than 2,000 signatures, and it now goes to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, which discuss it on Feb. 6.
* Metallica will reissue its long-out-of-print 1987 The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited, on April 13, featuring five cover songs. The set comes out in several formats, including CD, vinyl picture disc and cassette.
* Sting will release his new Caribbean-flavored album, a collaboration with Jamaican-American musician singer and Shaggy, called 44/876, on April 20.
* Sting is also among the headliners for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, running April 27-29 and May 3-6.
* Slayer has announced a final world tour, kicking off May 10 in San Diego.
* ZZ Top will play a five-date Las Vegas residency starting April 20 at the Venetian Las Vegas. It will be the group’s first series of shows since postponing its fall tour dates in October due to bassist Dusty Hill’s health.
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