Cliff Burton, Jeff Ament, London Bass Guitar Show and more…
By Gary Graff
January 26, 2018
* The first Cliff Burton Day, honoring the late Metallica bassist, will take place on Saturday (Feb. 10) — what would have been his 56th birthday — in his home town of Castro Valley, California. The celebration is the result of a Change.org fan petition calling for Burton, who was killed in a September 1986 bus crash in Sweden, to be recognized.
* Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament tells Rolling Stone that he will release a third solo album, Heaven/Hell, in March. He did not reveal any other details.
* Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder both commented on Smashing Pumpkins’ bass rumors via social media this week, with Corgan denying reports that he’ll be playing bass (“I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time…”) and Schroeder posting a photo of the instructional book Slap It on his Instagram feed. The rumors began spreading after original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky revealed she had not been asked to rejoin the group. Corgan did acknowledge that guitarist James Iha had “played a fair share” of bass on the 2000 Machina projects, which were the last to feature the Pumpkins’ original lineup.
* The London Bass Guitar Show 2018 lineup will include Joy Division/New Order alumnus Peter Hook, Pink Floyd touring member Guy Pratt, Thunder’s Chris Childs, Steve Lawson, Jah Wobble, Mo Foster, Yolanda Charles, Adrian Maruszczyk and Wojtek Pilichowski, among others. The show takes place March 3-4.
* Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson has joined Super Stroke, an all-star band led by his former Dokken bandmate George Lynch and also including Dokken drummer Mick Brown and Warrant singer Robert Mason. The group is expected to release a debut album this year. Dokken, meanwhile, will release Return To The East 2016 from its reunion dates in Japan on April 20.
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