On October 30, 2020, a pallet of new Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst Guitars was stolen from a Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, IN. The truck was en route to Fort Wayne, IN, the headquarters of Sweetwater Sound. “Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this one pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” says Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich. Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, Rich believes that the perpetrator(s) knew exactly what to look for and when.
Hey what’s up. I just got back from a long day spent grazing my way through the Summer Fancy Food Show, which is taking over Javits Convention Center here in Manhattan through Tuesday July 1st. What a fun show! You always arrive home with a full tummy and an even fuller bag of delicious food samples from vendors, literally, all over the globe. This year, I was very happy and surprised to meet John Bongiovi, whose son fronts a eponymous, rather well known rock band, but spells the family name a bit differently. Artistic license!
John Sr, was at Fancy Food to shill for the family Pasta Sauce business, and my pal Anne and I had the chance to not only taste their delicious sauce over a bit of perfectly cooked pasta, but we also got to chat a bit with Mr. Bongiovi, who is super nice and quite handsome. If I were ten years older and he was single, I would be all over it.
The Bongiovi Pasta Sauce Booth was raffling off this awesome Les Paul guitar signed by John Jr. It looks like a nice guitar. Anne and I made him pose with it.
Visit Bongiovi Brand Dot Com to find out where you can buy this delicious sauce in your area!
The Sunset Strip and Gibson Guitar have announced the addition of a new guitar to GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip, a public art project launched in August 2010 featuring more than twenty-five 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars strategically placed on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Well-known Los Angeles street artists have collaborated for this one-of-a-kind piece. The guitar will be on display as part of Maximillian Gallery and prominent art blog Melrose and Fairfax’s collaborative exhibit “What Graffiti is to New York – Street Art is to Los Angeles.”
The exhibit features work from Alec Monopoly, Free Humanity, Smog City, Bankrupt Slut, DeeKay, Bod Bod, 2wenty, Snyder, Gregory Siff, KH no. 7, Smear, Desire Obtain Cherish, CYRCLE. & DD$, Leba, and Homo Riot – a dream team lineup of the best street artists in Los Angeles and the world. The vision of these artists offers a rare insider’s look into the very heart of what is happening on the streets today. What Graffiti is… presents original, cutting-edge artworks, exclusive never-before-seen action photos from Melrose and Fairfax, unique sticker packs and Limited Edition Maximillian Gallery at Sunset Marquis embossed prints.
The collaborative Street Art Guitar was created by all of the participating artists and will be on display at the gallery during the exhibit, now through June 30, 2011. The guitar will then become a part of Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip and will be auctioned for charity this fall. A video of the construction of the guitar can be seen at This Link.
Maximillian Gallery is Located in the Sunset Marquis Hotel, 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood CA 90069. Phone 310-881-6025. Gallery Hours are 1 – 8 PM Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays) and by appointment.
Les Paul, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, has passed away on August 13th, 2009 at the age of 94, due to complications from pneumonia. This news makes me so sad I can’t even think of anything to say about it right now, but you can read an obit from the New York Times at This Link.
The Legendary Les Paul, father of the modern, solid body electric guitar and inventor of numerous ground breaking audio recording techniques, turns 94 today, having been born on this day, June 9th, in 1915. Happy Birthday, Les!
The Black Halos are an awesome bunch of guys that are one of my favorite garage/glam rock bands as well as being good friends of mine. A couple of nights ago the band’s van was stolen after they played a gig in Montreal. The van contained all of their equipment and merchandise. Like all working bands, the Halos do not have the funds to replace this equipment and are both emotionally and financially devastated. Those of you who know me well know that I have in the past been the victim of grand larceny and that my feeling on the subject is that stealing is just as bad as murder.
While the thieves responsible deserve to be apprehended and thrown in jail for life, the important thing now is trying to recover this equipment and get the Halos back out on the road bringing the rock to the masses. Below is a list of everything that was stolen, along with contact information for the band should you have any leads. Please feel free to repost this list on your blog and to circulate it among the rock community in case musicians might see these items in local pawn shows along the east coast (but likely within the Canadian border). Good Luck Black Halos. I will love you guys forever.