News Roundup: Eddie Van Halen, Dan Graham, Modest Mouse, Bob Bogle
--Eddie Van Halen is suing Nike, alleging the company copied his red, black and white "Frankenstrat" guitar design in the design of their new "Dunk Lows" sneakers. The federal lawsuit contends Nike is doing "irreparable harm and damage" to Halen's signature guitar. The guitarist sort of already did that on his band's last tour.
--New York's Whitney Museum of American Art is showing an exhibit featuring conceptual artist Dan Graham. Dan Graham: Beyond features several musical performances, kicking off June 26 with an acoustic show from The Feelies. It runs through July with Friday night gigs from Woods, Vivian Girls, Abe Vigoda, Grooms, and more.
--Modest Mouse will take a break from working on their new album to go on tour later this summer. The tour promotes the band's EP, No One's First and You're Next, which will include unreleased tracks from the band's last two albums. The tour begins August 17 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Check out dates here. Guitarist Jim Fairchild will fill in for Johnny Marr, who's currently busy being a member of The Cribs.
--Bob Bogle, guitarist for surf-rock pioneers The Ventures, died Sunday at age 75 at his home in Vancouver, Washington. According to bandmate Don Wilson, Bogle died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Bogle's hyperactive Fender twang was popularized in The Ventures 1960 hit "Walk, Don't Run." In his speech inducting The Ventures into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame last year, John Fogerty called the group, "The most popular instrumental rock'n roll band of all time," which was a Spinal Tap-type statement that far understated the band's talent and impact. Check out this clip of Bogle shredding in all his whammy-bar glory.