Newsbites: LA Guns wish Tracii well
LA Guns have wished former guitarist Tracii Guns well after he announced he’d laid his version of the band to rest, saying he could no longer face the prospect of confusing fans by having two outfits with the same name on the circuit. The remaining act, fronted by singer Phil Lewis, say: “All the members of LA Guns believe this will help everyone to move on from the past, and wish Tracii all the best in the future.”
Hawkwind theremin player Tim Blake has undergone emergency surgery after breaking his wrist when he fell off a ladder while gardening at home in France. Doctors inserted three pins in the wound. He aims to be back in action for the band’s appearance at Rockin’ The Park in Nottinghamshire, UK, next month. Blake says: “When the medical team saw a video of me playing with Hawkwind, they said, ‘Okay, we’ll get you playing for the 17th – but this will hurt!’” Classic Rock is giving away three pairs of tickets and more to Rockin’ The Park.
Roger Waters says he’s no longer signing items on request from people he meets on the road. The biggest-grossing touring musician of the past six months says: “I don’t sign guitars, scratchplates or anything like that any more. There’s a little sort of industry that’s about eBay. It’s about getting a little bit of you they can sell to somebody who cares. I find that ugly.” [Telegraph]
Mark Lanegan could be lined up to replace tragic Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley in dormant side-project Mad Season. The band, which also features Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, had written a second album before Staley returned to AIC and later died of a drugs overdose. McCready says: “We have 13 songs we never did. We’re trying to find singers up to the calibre of Layne. I know a lot of them, but it’s getting the commitment.” Now Mad Season and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin has said Lanegan is the man for the job. He collaborated with Staley on three songs on the project’s first release. [Banana 1015]
Aerosmith reunited with Run DMC star Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels on Tuesday night to perform the 1980s crossover version of Walk This Way at the Izod Centre in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Henry Rollins will star in a web and TV series called Dark Prophet, producers have revealed. It tells the story of a music student who uncovers a government plot to embed dangerous secrets inside song recordings. The series will begin shooting soon.