Buster Williams, Dug Pinnick, Gene Simmons, Chris Wolstenholme and more…
By Gary Graff
March 9, 2018
* A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to finance Buster Williams: Bass To Infinity, a documentary about the bassist who played with Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and scores of others. The film, directed and produced by Adam Kahan, includes appearances by Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Benny Golson, Kenny Barron and many more.
* Dug Pinnick of King’s X has signed on to play bass for MC50, a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the MC5 recording its seminal Kick Out The Jams album. The tour begins during the summer in Europe and will play North America during the fall.
* Kiss’ Gene Simmons has announced an April 14 The Vault Experience solo show in Nashville that will feature a guest appearance by former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent.
* Muse’s Chris Wolstenholme has written an essay for the Irish Independent about Rick Parfitt, the late Status Quo guitarist who died on Christmas Eve. Wolstenholme credits Parfitt and Status Quo for inspiring him to become a musician in the first place and recalled sitting in for Parfitt in 1997 when the guitarist wasn’t well enough to play. Wolstenholme is among the guest musicians who helped finish Parfitt’s upcoming solo album Over And Out, which comes out posthumously on March 23.
* Weezer bassist Scott Shriner has sold his home in Los Angeles for $2.4 million, $250,000 more than his asking price.
* Previously unreleased recordings by Noel Redding and Billy Cox can be found on Both Sides Of The Sky, a posthumous Jimi Hendrix set that releases today (March 9).
* Linkin Park’s Dave Farrell was tagged in a recent in-studio photo that appeared on Instagram last week. The group has not announced future plans in the wake of singer Chester Bennington’s suicide last July.
FBPO Interview With Buster Williams
FBPO Video Interview With Dug Pinnick
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