© 2021 Atlas Obscura. I was in Heaven. His staff gave out numbers so everyone got to keep their place in line, as it were, while relaxing, munching and watching Bugs Bunny. Up until then, I was playing on a $20 nylon-string classical guitar. According to guitarist Pete Townshend, his first public act of destruction came about by complete accident: He was performing at London’s Railway Club in 1964 when he unwittingly cracked his guitar’s headstock when it hit the venue’s low ceiling. (Photo: Jean-Luc Ourlin/CC BY-SA 2.0). It wasn’t, and Russell destroyed the guitar before anyone had the chance to replace it with a cheap equivalent. Somehow, I was able to negotiate the paying-the-cab-driver (where did I get the money for a cab, anyway?) approval and for a moment had a tiny secret smile on his face. I am talking about Pete Townshend of the Who. I was suddenly totally fine, totally lucid, and stoned on....The Who. That led the band to reach out to a few luthiers who could salvage their treasured instruments. As the mastermind of the Who, Pete Townshend is an unparalleled creative force. for The Met shows. Rolling Stone Magazine included his smashing of a Rickenbacker guitar at the Railway Tavern in Harrow and Wealdstone in September 1964 [6] [7] in their list of "50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll". The deep red curtains opened to reveal three Hiwatt stacks on either side of Moon's enormous drum kit (the Fillmore shows were merely two stacks each). Oh boy... now, Pete was furious again. The Who performing in Toronto, 1980. (In case Bryan Adams is reading this, one other factoid: During the summer of ‘69, Pete broke just three guitars.). After a frustrating bout with busted sound, Caleb Followill tore apart his vintage Gibson guitar on stage. It seemed like it went on for at least five minutes. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was known to play (and subsequently destroy) batwing style SG Specials until they were discontinued in 1971 and he moved on to different guitars. I took three tokes up in my room while Esther started to giggle and off we went to the subway. Wwwwwow! There was a damn orchestra pit! Gibson USA has announced the release of its limited-edition Pete Townshend Gold Top ’76, the latest guitar launch as part of the company's Les Paul Artist Series. The guitar glided in, face first, and I literally caught it by it's two SG horns. The following week Moon followed up by kicking over his drum kit. Fun Fact:Pete Townshend wrote this song about a revolution. Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. We must've looked like idiots. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Never heard the story of the roadies going into the audience to retrieve the guitar; One shouldn't be surprised, though, since it was one of the few Townshend guitars of the time to survive (relatively) intact! I still know "Pinball Wizard" (gorgeous intro included)... and... uh... that song that Jack Nicholson sings in Ken Russell's cartoon version. One of the world's first electronic music virtuosos left behind handy rules for playing the mysterious instrument. Sheff, pondering the question of guilt in regards to smashing such an expensive instrument, saw Townshend reveal his plans to auction off the crumbled guitar for charitable causes. Winner will be selected at random on 02/01/2021. We depend on ad revenue to craft and curate stories about the world’s hidden wonders. (Photo: Dave Carroll, a Canadian singer-songwriter. The song ended. Click to expand... Another version is that he chucked it randomly , but roadies went after it and retrieved it. This promotional poster by Annie Liebovitz for Rolling Stone features Pete Townshend demonstrating how he smashes his instruments on stage. Perhaps the most famous guitar the Nirvana frontman destroyed was a Fender Stratocaster built in Japan, which he smashed while in the studio recording “Endless, Nameless” on Nevermind. ...“She was carried off to hospital. That guitar... was... coming... my way. He stepped back a foot or two, judging the distance of the orchestra pit, and with one Zen motion tossed the guitar high in the air. Infamous for: Pete was the first guy to smash up his guitars and amps on stage, and despite all the challengers to that throne, he still probably ranks #1 in destroyed gear. I was instantly dismayed and deeply disappointed. "Esther, we've got to take a cab. I was just swooning with visceral Who pleasure. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. I can't walk." It’s not often that we get to say, “Poor Bryan Adams,” but a recent experience he dealt with at an Egyptian airport was definitely worthy of that phrase. The front row was like being in the 8th or 9th row at the Fillmore East. That is a Gibson SG - with the two sharp small curved cutaway horns on either side of the neck. Since then, because he used SG Specials on some of their classic albums, he has become associated with the guitar and as a result, Gibson began working with him to create signature models. See. At one point, Pete made eye contact with me and sort of jerked his head towards Esther, as if to say, "That your bird, mate?" Whatever had happened while they were offstage, they'd come back out just flaming! ", He then walked over and picked up the bridge of the guitar and slowly walked backwards offstage, miming as if the headstock was a little dog and the strings were the leash, making barking sounds, looking at John for humor-approval, with Ox John laughing out loud. The Who had another show to do in less than three hours and the Who don't do encores! Listen to the last 30 seconds of this... Dang! When the Martin company, who loaned the guitar to the Quentin Tarantino film, found out about the situation, they decided to ban any other movie from borrowing its guitars for any reason. Now, Esther had been playing hard-to-get with me for more than three years, but, no dummy, she agreed. We sort of floated down the right aisle to our seats. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. Slash performing with his band Velvet Revolver. All rights reserved. With exaggerated care, he wrapped the strap around the body, walked to the edge of the stage, looked straight at me again, and with a shrug of his shoulders, and a quick nod, asked me with his body language if I was ready. But she came back a few hours later and told us she was ‘very honoured’ to have been smashed over the head by Pete Townshend’s guitar. I vividly recall that as we drove to Manhattan, the windows of the cab seemed to be little movie screens with the outside world 2-D flat. #season 1 # episode 8 # the adventures of pete and pete. Pete was so into his soloing that he didn’t realize he’d been slowly backing up toward his amps and when he did a huge windmill move, he inadvertently smacked the head of the guitar against one of the amplifier stacks so hard that he instantly and totally knocked it hopelessly out of tune. The Who walked out onstage. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). It was a Who party on the filthy streets of the East Village. [8] According to an analysis by TheWho.net, Townshend broke more than 35 guitars in 1967 alone. “We can’t believe that it happened. Pete Townshend When it comes to guitar vandalism, Pete Townshend is without a doubt the godfather of them all. For those of you who don't know - think of literally every picture you've ever seen of AC/DC's Angus Young or Pete Townshend at Woodstock. Pete smiled, and with his eyes said, "Nice catch. Before the Monterey Pop Festival, Hendrix already pulled of and somehow mastered his stunt. It came back all original,” Robinson told Music Radar in 2014. Pete Townshend. "Did you see the way Pete just looked at you?" His solution? I gave her the guitar.” 8–10 May 1974: King’s Theatre, Portsmouth, England Herein: A history of broken guitars, from the accidental to the stage-smashing intentional. Caleb Followill on stage with his band Kings of Leon. Hendrix intends to finish his performance with a grand gesture by smashing his guitar to pieces. My hideously painful crush on Esther was finally getting some wonderfully tangible relief and hope. Bad sad scary people hassled us dopey Who freaks constantly for the full two days, although less so as our numbers grew. Pete Townshend smashed his guitar up and put the neck into the amp. The half-joint laced with angel dust! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. Gibson USA Announces Pete Townshend Deluxe Gold Top ’76. What were they doing here ahead of me? This piece of performance art inspired guitarist Pete Townshend of the Who, who was the first guitar-smashing rock artist. And yes, they do get their broken guitars repaired, generally. Not to be outdone, or appear a loser, I quickly went upstairs and found the half-joint I'd had hidden for over a month. By Guitar World Staff . guitar # cbc # rage # smash # dragons den # rock # guitar … As Townshend alludes to, he only does the guitar smashing when he is in the mood to do so, making it a special and almost symbolic moment. to the hapless roadie, who scurried away back into the wings. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. When the box office opened, bang, I got the exact seat I wanted for myself for both shows and the seat next to me for the matinee. I stood there thinking that this was ridiculous. The story of guitar damage, of course, starts with Pete Townshend, The Who’s world-smashing guitarist. (Photo: Slash performing with his band Velvet Revolver. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. A damaged guitar. I knew about two-thirds of them. Because everyone else in the front row was a Who pal of mine, and because Pete had made it so very clear for whom the guitar was intended, I could see in my peripheral vision everyone else leaning away from the guitar. That guitar, the Manson Red Glitter, was heavily used by Bellamy, in part because it had a built-in MIDI touch pad. It slowly, as in ssslllllloowwwww motion, arched towards me. The roadie was about halfway to the wings when Townshend stalked over and stomped on the guitar, instantly snapping the head off the neck and vehemently shook his head NO! But he still plays it all the time. Esther arrived at my house on time and boldly announced that she'd dropped a tab of acid about 20 minutes earlier and was just starting to feel the effects. Dang! But his plans are foiled when — to his intense irritation — he sees Pete Townshend not only destroy his guitar, but also shove the broken instrument's neck into an amp. and "late show" (that started at 7pm!) Fortunately, Gibson helped him out and repaired it for him, ensuring he’d be able to play “Sex On Fire” for another day. At a show in Tacoma, Washington in 1989, he was windmilling so aggressively that he accidentally pierced his hand with the guitar's whammy bar and needed hospital treatment. When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, the band’s storage facility in New Jersey faced a direct hit. I can still see Roger looking over at Pete with a look of "Holy Fook" on his happy face. In my opinion, probably the best song Entwistle ever wrote. Over the years, Townshend has given various reasons as to why he first smashed his guitar in September 1964. 1) the first ever 'real' electric guitar I played was a borrowed single-pickup single-cutaway Melody Maker. Oh, and "Christmas," "Acid Queen" and "See Me, Feel Me Up...". A Brief History of Rock Stars Destroying Guitars. ©2021 Verizon Media. Some, like Kurt Cobain, made an artform out of guitar destruction. The destroyed guitar from the shoot was preserved in Lucite and displayed at the Rolling Stone offices. Moon and Entwistle soon figured out that they had to provide the music and flew off into terrain that I've never heard on any recording... foookin' JAZZ. All rights reserved. But, he was angrier that I'd ever seen him in the 20 or so shows I'd been to before. Oh boy... now, Pete was furious again. The “shipwrecked Mozart” who wowed Victorian audiences, including the Queen herself. United Airlines, who met their match in 2009 after mishandling a $3,500 Taylor guitar belonging to Dave Carroll, a Canadian singer-songwriter. Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver axeman Slash (who has a whole Facebook page dedicated to his guitars, complete with 100,000 fans) would never have this problem, because of a smart decision he made in 1988. Concert after concert, Pete destroyed his guitar and amplifiers, which according to Pete himself, were a resource to attract fans to the band. Since 1989 Townshend has played a Fender Stratocaster modified to meet his unique needs—and now the Fender Custom Shop is proud to present the Limited Edition Pete Townshend Stratocaster to players and fans. As soon as it was in my hands, I looked back at Pete. Then, suddenly, the lights went back down, the crowd bellowed, and the Who walked back onstage... and now, Pete was beaming - a total change from the opening of the show. Consequently, the tickets were going on sale at the Fillmore East's box office on the Monday morning of whatever week that was in early April. 2) I didn't own a Gibson for the longest time. Another company with a bad run-in with guitar breaking? It was April 1970 and I had slept out for two nights to the immediate south of the marquee of the Fillmore East to get tickets for the Who's Final Performance of "Tommy" at the absurdly ostentatious and downright silly venue, The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Je0NOfZyMY&NR=1. But, notice him, Pete did. There has also been a Pete Townshend signature Rickenbacker limited edition guitar of the model 1998, which was his main 6-string guitar in the Who's early days. Scatman John was more than a one-hit wonder. Pete's toss would've made Joe Namath proud. Pete Townshend Talks Mods, Recording, and Smashing Guitars In part one of the 1968 interview, Townshend spoke about his guitar smashing techniques, why he … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Je0NOfZyMY&NR=1. From the mid '60s to mid-‘70s – for many The Who’s glory days – Townshend relied on a variety of Gibson electrics and acoustics. When the floodwaters of last spring rolled through Nashville, instruments that were once played by Johnny Cash, Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix were forever hushed under some nine feet of water. They launched into "Shakin' All Over" and I mean launched! The guitar was eventually repaired, but around the time Nevermind was released, he smashed the guitar again during a live performance of “Endless, Nameless” in Chicago. Perhaps Pete Townshend’s work for the Who is a paradigmatic example of this duality. One thing to remember: If you’re going to destroy a guitar, make sure it’s not valuable. I instantaneously somehow understood. (I'd never brought a grrrrl to a Who concert before). Read More. He threw the poor thing on the stage like it was a dinner plate he wanted to shatter, walked into the wings and came back out with another SG Special, plugged it in and tried valiantly to get back his focus. All the ushers from the Fillmore East were there dressed in actual tuxedos, augmenting the clearly-mind-blown staff of the Met. Townshend also admitted in a talk organised by Barnes & Noble in May 2001 that over the years: ...at a rough guess [he'd destroyed] around 200 guitars... on stage. Atlas Obscura and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyse our traffic. (Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was playing the guitar seconds before it was smashed, was aware of its value. Uh Oh... Pete was scowling, obviously furious! When we walked in, I burst out laughing. I nodded back, yes. Now, as a true Who freak knows, you were always in for a great show if Pete was pissed off. Pete is also responsible for inventing — or at least inspiring the Marshall stack. In the first verse, there is an uprising. Around 6a.m. Jimi Hendrix is waiting backstage while The Who play their set. Others, meanwhile, destroy a guitar they love in a moment of anger. But, just as I'd long known that AA113 was the front row on-the-aisle seat in front of Pete Townshend's mic stand at the Fillmore, I'd done my homework and knew, in advance, exactly what seat to request for both the matinee (a matinee!?) That Melody Maker really changed my guitar-playing life. Besides, I wanted to go make out with Esther for awhile, put her on the subway, and get myself psyched and ready for the next performance. No purchase necessary. Bill Graham was organizing and promoting the show for the management of The Met. I was, of course, still living at home in Brooklyn. and Esther and I then staggered towards the rear of Lincoln Center where the Met stood, looking waaay too grown-up-fancy, the Met, that is, not us. In the middle, they overthrow those in power, but in the end, the new regime becomes just like the old one (“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”).Townshend felt revolution was pointless because whoever takes over is destined to become corrupt. "Yes...I did..." We didn't say another word. I bought a Strat because I saw Wayne Kramer playing one. I nodded. Pete's first use of auto-destruction occured when he smashed his guitar at the Railway Hotel in Harrow, West London in September 1964. Amazingly, and, believe me, I remember all of this like video tape, the moment they started playing, the angel dust...just...disappeared. I mean, like, they're pretty cool, right!" The first row was a good 25 feet from the lip of the stage. We'd gotten about half a block from my house and I realized I could barely put one foot in front of the other. The Who’s Pete Townshend has played – and smashed – many different guitar brands over the years. She sagely giggled some more. It must've gone up 15 feet. Dang! Jimi was annoyed at this and asked for some lighter fuel. (Photo: Freedom to Marry/CC BY 2.0). With "Tommy" over and done, they played a few "oldies" and finished up with "My Generation." A Gibson Les Paul. The smashed guitar is currently on display at the EMP Museum in Seattle. Can you imagine? He has claimed he deliberately did it because he “was determined to get the precious event noticed by the audience.” Pete: I proceeded to … I took a deep breath, called Esther, told her how I'd just spent the weekend, and asked her if she wanted to sit in the front row with me on June 7th. on Monday, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East up to everyone on line and served free coffee and donuts while showing cartoons on the Joshua's Light Show screen. He was playing the Met as if it was the Marquee Club on a shitty rainy Maximum R&B Tuesday night and no one had shown up... six years earlier. Anyway, weeks earlier, I'd decided that I would screw up the courage to ask Esther (imagine Cher with Twiggy's haircut... stunning and all legs) to go to the matinee with me. “It’s about the preservation of American musical history and heritage.”. I don't recall who was on the bill that night, but I remember saying hello to John Genzale as he walked into the late show. His first … He just wanted to outdo Pete Townshend… Occasionally, though, he breaks a guitar he really likes. Yep, at 17, I knew how to play the whole dang album. They went into "Young Man Blues" and Pete's solo consisted of smashing E chords... and nothing else! “The band and I exchanged a look, best described as terror.”. Naturally, the crowd went insane for an encore. (Photo: Caleb Followill on stage with his band Kings of Leon. Pete Townshend was known for destroying his guitar after every gig and so of course, Hendrix had to follow suit because apparently, his mad axeslinging skills weren’t enough. The first time he broke a guitar on stage, it was basically an accident—working on a stage with a low ceiling, he cracked the headstock on his Rickenbacker, then decided to follow through with the destruction. Probably, no, not probably, the only time that venue ever reeked of reefer. To my distinct disappointment, instead of the expected and much anticipated destruction, Pete very carefully leaned his Gibson SG Special against one of the stacks without so much as one bang or toss and the boys took their bows and walked off. If you don't know this song, you are missing one of the greatest tunes in The Who's entire catalog. To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. (He can’t play the other; it was stolen from his apartment in 1995.). Today is National Voter Registration Day! Then, very very quickly, in maybe a half second, Pete snuck a very deliberate and deeply significant look at me. I'd be curious to see if my memory is correct regarding the brutal nose-thumbing crudity of this solo. An audience really had to demand an encore. Please welcome, The Who...". During the shooting of The Hateful Eight last year, Kurt Russell failed to heed this advice, and as a result, he smashed an 1870s-era Martin guitar. Because I was third on line, I never had to bother with donuts and cooling my heels in the Orchestra section. Also destroyed was the bass guitar that was used on Hank Williams, Sr.’s last album, the bass that you hear in the song, “Your Cheatin’ Heart“. After repeated abuse, the six-string was eventually damaged beyond repair on tour because of a stage malfunction. We can all now thank Pete Townshend … (Photo: Chris Combe/CC BY 2.0). Pete nodded back a kind of A Ha! With obvious contempt, he spit on the stage. Anyway, I found I was third on line behind two blithering idiots who, amazingly enough, knew almost nothing about The Who. I started having trouble breathing. Deciding that the expensive replica Les Paul guitars that he used on Appetite for Destruction wouldn’t be safe on the road, he bought two “factory second” six-strings that he could beat up on tour. Virtually every other person on line, and by Sunday afternoon there was almost a hundred of us, were indeed, true Who loonies. One of them has pretty much lived as hard as Slash has—its neck has been broken numerous times and it has a number of cigar burns right on the body. Perhaps the saddest tale of guitar damage comes from The Black Crowes. A huge number of the band’s guitars, amps, and other instruments—60 in all—were damaged and nearly destroyed. Well, that’s partly true. Part of HuffPost Entertainment. As he played, a roadie slithered out onstage on all fours, grabbed the strap of the out of tune SG, and started slowly pulling it offstage, trying hard not to be noticed by Pete. Most of the instruments were contemporary pre- and post-CBS models — i.e., non-vintage — and served one primary purpose: to be destroyed.With the Who’s ever-mounting debts, their guitar destruction stage act became increasingly expensive. While Moon and John thrashed around doing the big coda thing, Pete put down the "new" SG and walked over and picked up the headless SG that he'd bashed all those EE E EE E E E 's on, played the entire show on. It was infuriating. The Who performing in Toronto, 1980. Carroll fought back, of course, with music: That song created a PR nightmare for the airline, even affecting its stock price; it eventually scored over 15 million views on YouTube. “My God, they’re throwing guitars out there,” a lyric from the song goes. 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The guitar was thrown into the hands of a roadie. But, Esther immediately distracted me though with a deep French kiss of thanks as soon as we sat down. One of Townshend’s hallmarks as a songwriter is his use of intertwined electric and acoustic guitar sounds. Our eyes met. He’s a rock star; he just bought a new one. season 1 # episode 8 # the adventures of pete and pete. The Monterey Pop Festival, 1967. Consider supporting our work by becoming a member for as little as $5 a month. But he doesn’t repair guitars – he destroys them. Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar in an effort to outdo The Who, Kurt Cobain smashing his guitar at SNL is a thing of legend. From alligator to zoot suit, jazz musicians speak about the language of the scene. (Photo: Julio Enriquez/CC BY 2.0). “They had to put it in a dry room, get rid of all the mold, take everything apart and refinish—basically rebuild the guitar. I don’t think anything can really remedy this. 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