Newsbites: Wilko Johnson cancels shows
Wilko Johnson was last night forced to cancel his two hometown shows at Canvey Island due to health reasons. The guitarist, who’s winding up his farewell tour after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, apologised to fans for the late notice. An official statement from management is to be released shortly. Johnson aims to complete work on a final album and live DVD before his illness renders him incapable of working.
Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has announced the name of the project he’s completed after he stopped working with guitarist John Sykes. The Winery Dogs features Riche Kotzen in Sykes’ place alongside bassist Billy Sheehan. Their album, described as “a really cool, unique record,” is due out in May. Meanwhile, ex-Thin Lizzy man Sykes has detailed his own new project – his fifth album will feature drummer Josh Freese, bassists Tony Franklin and Chris Chaney, drummer Curt Bisquera and keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac.
Alt-rock band My Chemical Romance have split up. They say in a statement: “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
An autographed copy of The Beatles‘ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has topped bids of $110,000 a week ahead of its auction. The item will be sold on March 30 by Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas – who estimated it would go for $30,000.
Meanwhile, a set of photos taken at The Beatles‘ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York have sold for £30,000. The images were shot by amateur Marc Weinstein, who used a fake press pass to get backstage. He was one of only two snappers present, and the other ran out of film. A total of 61 shots, complete with copyrights, were on sale.
Martin Popoff’s book Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History will go on sale on November 15. The title covers the band’s entire history including their time with Cliff Burton and Dave Mustaine all the way up to their collaboration with Lou Reed. It also included analysis of the band’s ten-album catalogue.
Meanwhile, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has added Staind guitarist Mike Mushok to his solo band’s lineup. They’ll play a series of European festivals in June including this year’s Download Festival.
Queens Of The Stone Age have finally confirmed the name of their new album. …Like Clockwork features appearances from Dave Grohl, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Elton John and others. It will be released in June.
The Classic Rock-approved Temperance Movement have announced a string of UK dates, where they promise to be “blues-drenched, soulful and loud”. They are as follows:
April 27 Poole Mr Kyps
May 1 Cardiff Undertone
May 2 Bristol Louisiana
May 3 London 100 Club
May 4 Nottingham Bodega Social Club
May 6 Wakefield The Hop
May 7 Liverpool Shipping Forecast
May 8 Glasgow Nice N Sleazy’s
May 10 Newcastle Think Tank (10pm Curfew)
May 11 Hull Fruit
May 12 Birmingham Hare & Hounds Room 2
Eddie Van Halen has recorded guitar for two tracks on LL Cool J’s next album, Authentic, due out at the end of April. He appears on the songs We’re The Greatest and No Leaving You Tonight. The news comes weeks after Van Halen released a picture of himself in a studio without explaining its context.
Alice In Chains have released the artwork for upcoming album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The follow-up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue appears to contain a hidden element – when the blue channel of the image is isolated it reveals a second dinosaur skull, mirroring the first, and revealing what could be a devil’s head as a result of the crossover area. The album will be released on May 13. Tracklist: Voices; Low Ceiling; Stone; The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here; Hollow; Lab Monkey; Hung On A Hook; Pretty Done; Breath On A Window; Choke; Phantom Limb.
Megadeth‘s album Super Collider will be released on June 4 on Dave Mustaine’s own label Tradecraft. The band play four UK shows in June:
Jun 3: Newcastle O2 Academy
Jun 4: Glasgow O2 Academy
Jun 5: Manchester O2 Academy
Jun 6: London O2 Academy Brixton