‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, the former guitarist of Motorhead, died Wednesday at the age of 67. The musician died while being treated in a hospital for pneumonia. The official Facebook page of Motorhead announced Clarke’s death alongside statements from other Motorhead members, including Phil Campbell and Mikey Dee. Clarke played with Motorhead from 1976 to 1982 until he left and formed Fastway with ex-UFO bassist Peter Way. Clarke was the last living member from Motorhead’s classic period, following the deaths of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in 2016 and Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in 2016.
Eric Clapton is facing health issues beyond the chronic nerve problems that have affected his back and hands. The guitar great is also suffering from tinnitus, a hearing problem often caused by excessive noise. But fortunately, he’s not giving up on music. “I am still going to work. I’m doing a few gigs,” Clapton said. Clapton has drastically cut back on his touring schedule after considering retirement, but said he remains thankful for fans who continue attending his occasional shows. Clapton appeared on BBC to discuss the new documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. Set to air on Showtime on Feb. 10, 2018.
Robert Plant will release a live DVD that features an eight-song performance with his current band the Sensational Space Shifters. Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters Live at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption will be released on Feb. 9 and the film will be available on iTunes beginning Friday, January 12th. It documents the singer’s set at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel Theatre in October 2016, which helped raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation. Proceeds from sales of the DVD will also benefit the foundation.
The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan have announced that they will be joining forces on the road this spring and summer when they launch a co-headlining tour of North America. The tour will include shows in over 30 cities and is scheduled to kick off on May 10th in Charlotte, NC at the PNC Music Pavilion and will be concluding on July 14th in Bethel, NY at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The U.S. ticket pre-sale for most shows will be available to Citi cardmembers via their Private Pass program. The pre-sale is set to begin on Wednesday, Jan 10th, at 10 AM.
Rod Stewart plans to spend another summer on the road, as the legendary singer announced a 22-date North American summer tour. Cyndi Lauper will once again serve as special guest on the tour, which begins June 25th at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. One month later, the tour picks up again on July 24th in Hollywood, Florida and makes its way across the nation’s arenas and amphitheaters before concluding September 1st at Seattle’s White River Amphitheater. Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public on January 12th.