July 2014 has been an atrocious month for legendary guitarists: On the heels of Johnny Winter’s departure, famed Lou Reed and Alice Cooper collaborator Dick Wagner has died at 71. From The Detroit Free Press:

(Wagner) had famously overcome a series of medical issues during the past decade, retraining himself on guitar after a stroke paralyzed his left arm. He succumbed to respiratory failure at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center, where he had been in intensive care for the past two weeks following a cardiac procedure.

Aside from his high profile stints with the above, Wagner was also a widely recorded studio player, appearing (with various levels of public credit) on albums by Kiss and Aerosmith.

Read more at the Free Press.

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The world of guitar lost many notable citizens during the year 2013. I was prepared to post this list yesterday when yet another was added to the roll. Here are the guitarist deaths covered by Pointy Guitar over the past year:

John Wilkinson
Jef Lee Johnson
Dan Toler
Alvin Lee
Peter Banks
Jason Molina
David Parland
Hugh McCracken
Jeff Hanneman
T-Model Ford
J. J. Cale
Allen Lanier
Philip Chevron
Jan Kuehnemund
Lou Reed
Jim Hall
Eric “Guitar” Davis
Benjamin Curtis

I also personally lost two musical associates this year. Longtime student, bandmate, and friend Tommy Anderson stopped fighting demons and left us in the spring. On the short list of those I’d consider protégés, Tommy was the first. And singer/songwriter/guitarist/friend Abigail Henderson of Kansas City bands Gaslights and Tiny Horse passed in August. RIP to all of the above.

So, 2013, good riddance. You can take that type of bullshit with you.

Here’s a wonderful document of Abby & Tiny Horse.

The intro to this Rolling Stone article says a lot. More than I’d like to read:

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

Sad news. Read more at RS.

Right here.

Alice Cooper and Lou Reed collaborator Steve Hunter is in a Phoenix hospital due to cardiac arrhythmia. The prognosis seems good. From SickthingsUK:

Karen Hunter has been posting updates to Facebook and as of writing Steve seems okay but bored at being stuck there waiting.

Read more at SickthingsUK.

Right here.

Nils Hilmer Lofgren

Here’s veteran guitarist Nils Lofgren for D’Addario strings. In addition to hordes of solo albums, Lofgren has appeared on releases by Neil Young and Lou Reed as well as his early band Grin. At the time of this ad he was in the employ of Bruce Sprinsteen whose Tunnel of Love had recently been released.

Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, January 1988.

Not long after mixing it up with Ray Davies, Metallica are joining forces with another legend, punk godfather Lou Reed. (This pairing makes about as much sense, eh?) Well, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke likes it, calling the collaboration a “perfect fit.” Here’s more of his summary:

The record, not yet titled, features 10 songs composed by Reed with significant arrangement contributions by the band that suggest a raging union of his 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica’s ’86 crusher, Master of Puppets.

Reed finds his muse atop Metallica’s music to be a great fit too:

Because they’re pretty sophisticated, wherever I go, they’re still with me.

Read much more at RS.

Right here.

One of the great rock guitar tag teams, Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner are well known for their work on such important works as Lou Reed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare. On the latter, the pair joined forces with Cooper under the direction of ultra-producer Bob Ezrin. And it looks like this combination is set to team up again. According bassist Dennis Dunaway, it was all Ezrin’s idea:

After the 35th anniversary of Nightmare, I said, ‘Why don’t we start writing something else?’ And (Ezrin) said, ‘Why don’t we just do part two? … I think we can still get Steven Hunter and Dick Wagner. We’ll put some of the original people on it and add some new people.’

Will it be an amazing return to form or a literal nightmare of failed nostalgia? Can’t wait to find out.

Have a look at Blabbermouth’s complete piece.

Right here.