Black Star Riders are to part ways with co-founder guitarist Damon Johnson at the end of this year. His replacement is Christian Martucci from the band Stone Sour. Johnson will also sit out BSR’s trip to Brazil next month, on which Thunder guitarist Luke Morley will stand in. BSR are due to begin the recording of a fourth album in early 2019.
The sixth annual Louder Than Words festival, an event celebrating music literature, takes place at the Principal Hotel in Manchester over the weekend of November 9-11. This year’s guests include Guy Pratt of Pink Floyd fame, Martin
Atkins from PiL and Killing Joke and Squeeze’s Chris Difford. Details at loud er than word sf est. com
Although he’s busy touring with the newlook Fleetwood Mac, Mike Campbell believes that a reunion of Tom Petty’s group the Hearbreakers is inevitable. “We’ll play again someday,” he tells Rolling Stone. “We love each other too much not to do that.” Campbell speculates that any renewed activity would probably involve
“four or five [guest] singers”, quite possibly performing Petty’s 1994 solo album Wildflowers in full. Mark Knopfler releases his ninth solo studio album, Down The Road Wherever, on November 16. Its 14 songs were inspired by a wide range of subjects, including the guitarist’s early days in Deptford as a member of Dire Straits.