Geezer Butler, Van Halen, Foals, Paul McCartney and more…
By Gary Graff
January 12, 2018
* Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler will be placed in the Walk of Stars on Broad Street in his hometown of Birmingham, England, on Feb. 3 — the 50-year anniversary of Sabbath’s first show and the one-year anniversary of its last.
* A new Van Halen documentary is in the works, according to bassist Michael Anthony, to coincide with this year’s 40th anniversary of the group’s debut album. No title or release date has been revealed.
* Walter Gerbers has parted ways with British band the Foals, which is currently recording its next album. The group posted an announcement saying that Gerbers “has decided to leave the band to pursue a new life…but we remain firm friends.” The group is in the midst of recording its next album.
* An animated feature film adaptation of Paul McCartney’s 2005 children’s book High In The Clouds is being made, with several new songs by McCartney. No release date has been announced.
* The surviving members of Motörhead — guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mickey Dee — are planning a tribute concert to the group’s late Lemmy Kilmister later this year. Guest singers and bassists will fill in for Lemmy, and Campbell indicates that several shows may take place around the world.
* Chris Tsangarides, who produced albums for Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore, passed away at the age of 61 from heart failure and pneumonia.
* The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan will be touring together this summer, starting May 10 in Charlotte, North Carolina, with dates announced through mid-July.
* The Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced its 2018 Wheels of Soul Tour with Drive-By Truckers and the Marcus King Band, kicking off June 29 and running through late July.
* Fall Out Boy has released a new song called “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes),” along with a video for the track, which Pete Wentz teased earlier in the week on Instagram. The group’s new album, Mania, comes out Jan. 19.
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