Paul McCartney, Smashing Pumpkins, Foghat, Gene Simmons and more…
By Gary Graff
February 16, 2018
* Craig MacGregor, who logged three stints in Foghat between 1976 and 2016, died on Feb. 9 at the age of 68 from lung cancer. He played on albums such as Night Shift, Stone Blue, Live and Live II.
* The war of words between D’arcy Wretzky and Smashing Pumpkins, particularly frontman Billy Corgan, continued this week as Wretzky gave interviews claiming that Corgan is lying in comments he’s made about asking her to rejoin the band. The Pumpkins kick off a tour featuring the other founding members on July 12; Jack Bates, son of Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook, is continuing with the group.
* Gene Simmons will publish a new book, 27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club — musicians who died at the age of 27 — on Aug. 14.
* Sting has released a video for “Don’t Make Me Wait,” the first single from his collaboration with Shaggy. The album, 44/876, comes out April 20.
* Paul McCartney will receive the prestigious Wolf Prize, along with scientists from several countries. Israel’s Wolf Foundation has proclaimed the former Beatle as “one of the greatest songwriters of all time.”
* The Melvins has recorded its latest album, Pinkus Abortion Technician, due out April 20, with two bassists, Steven McDonald and Jeff Pinkus.
* The Stick Men — Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter — have announced a European tour starting March 1 in Bologna and wrapping March 31 in Malaga.
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