Bass Player News For The Week Ending 3/16/18

Fred TurnerBass Player News For The Week Ending 3/16/18

Fred Turner, Derek Smalls, Andy Fraser and more…

By Gary Graff
March 16, 2018

* Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Bachman & Turner has retired, according to guitarist Randy Bachman. Bachman posted the news on Facebook, writing that: “This talented man has been a friend of mine for a long time. I’m grateful for the joyful music and years we’ve had together. While he has earned a well-deserved break, I’m going to keep going for as long as I can. Hats off to Fred for a tremendous legacy of rock. Not many can shriek like this man!”

* The Secret Sessions, an album of unreleased recordings by a supergroup that included Free’s late Andy Fraser along with Eric Clapton, Dickey Betts, Steve Hunter and Ian Hunter, will be released for Record Store Day on April 21.

* McFly’s Dougie Poynter has announced a new project, INK, with guitarist Todd Dorigo and drummer Corey Alexander.

* Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls, aka Harry Shearer, has released a video for “It Don’t Get Old,” from his upcoming album Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing). The video features Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. Smalls/Shearer has also announced his first couple of U.S. shows in support of the album.

* Draylen Mason, a 17-year-old double bassist in Austin, Texas, was killed this week by a package bomb left on his family’s doorstep. Mason had been accepted into the University of North Texas music program. Police are still investigating.

* Fall Out Boy will perform at the Stay Amped concert on March 23 in Washington, D.C., supporting the following day’s March For Our Lives. The group’s Pete Wentz said in a statement that: “We need to support the Parkland teens, and kids across the country. We have their backs, and we must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis.”

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