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Hot on the heels of their #1 Active Rock single ”Feel Invincible,” Skillet have released a video for the follow-up track from the band’s latest critically-acclaimed album, Unleashed. “Back From The Dead” was just released and gives a nod back to the band’s “Monster” video. The video tells the story of the band escaping from a testing facility and being chased by hordes of zombies.
“Back From The Dead” was directed by Roland Bingaman and can be streamed above. The zombie-inspired clip showcases the band’s love of the undead and horror as John Cooper explained to Nerdist.com. “The first zombie film I saw was 28 Days Later, which I loved. The band watches The Walking Dead religiously as well. I am a fan of comics, supernatural stories, and horror in general. That comes across throughout the video.”
Skillet has been touring in support of their latest albumUnleashed. The current headline run will wrap on March 24th in Little Rock, AR. Skillet will also be making the rounds throughout the U.S. festivals this Spring. The band has already been announced on Carolina Rebellion on Sunday, May 7th performing alongside Avenged Sevenfold, The Offspring,Volbeat and Seether amongst others that day. Skillet will also be at this years Rock On The Range festival performing on May 20th alongside Korn, The Offspring, Alter Bridge and Papa Roach to name a few. The band was just announced as part of the upcoming Korn/Stone Sour summer tour as well.
SEETHER ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF POISON THE PARISH
Seether have revealed details for the Poison the Parish World Tour, which includes headline shows and major festival appearances throughout the spring and summer of 2017. The extensive touring plans come in support of Poison the Parish, their recently announced seventh studio album, set for release via Canine Riot Records on May 12, 2017.
The album’s epic lead single “Let You Down,” premiered last week; listen to it HERE. Watch the track’s beautifully shot, horror-inspired video above.
Tickets are set to go on sale Friday, March 3 at 10AM local time and if the tour wasn’t cool enough; Every ticket order will include a physical copy of Poison the Parish.
A portion of all tickets sold for the Poison the Parish World Tour will benefit the Rise Above Fund, which is a subset of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, the largest suicide prevention organization in the country and the band’s partner on the Rise Above Fest.
Guitarist Clint Lowery of Sevendust will augment the band’s line-up throughout the upcoming trek, adding his signature axe-work to Seether’s new songs and deep repertoire.
“Goddamn, it’s good to be back!,” says Morgan. “We spent the better part of a year writing and recording Poison the Parish, and now it’s time to get out there and play that fucker to the fans. We’ve been working on some upgrades to the production and the live sound, which includes welcoming our brother, Clint Lowery (from fucking Sevendust!) into the fold to help us thicken up that live sound experience. “
“We want this tour to be exciting and different — a departure from what people expect from us, while retaining the qualities that make us unique, in order to entertain the fans. It’s going to be loud, heavy, old school Seether with a couple of twists thrown in to keep things exciting.”
Morgan captured Seether in what is surely one of the heaviest and most emotionally pure efforts of the band’s illustrious career. This is Seether at their very best — a gripping and self-assured affirmation of a quintessential hard rock band in peak form.
Seether’s 2017 international tour dates will be announced soon.
SEETHER U.S TOUR DATES:
4/29 — Ft Meyers, FL — Monster Energy Fort Rock at JetBlue Park*
4/30 — Jacksonville, FL — Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville at Metropolitan Park*
5/2 — Lancaster, PA — Chameleon Club**
5/3 — Lancaster, PA — Chameleon Club**
5/5 —Tuscaloosa, AL — Druid City Music Hall**
5/6 — Nashville, TN — War Memorial Auditorium
5/7 — Concord, NC — Carolina Rebellion 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway*
5/9 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony**
5/10 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony**
5/11 — Wallingford, CT — The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale **
5/14 — Boston, MA — House of Blues**
5/16 — Clifton Park, NY — Upstate Concert Hall**
5/17 — Niagara Falls, NY — Rapids Theatre**
5/19 — Pittsburgh, PA— Stage AE**
5/20 — Columbus, OH —Rock on the Range 2017 at Mapfre Stadium*
5/22 — Grand Rapids, MI — 20 Monroe Live**
5/24 — Detroit, MI — St. Andrew’s Hall**
5/25 — Detroit, MI — St. Andrew’s Hall**
5/27 — Omaha, NE — Sokol Auditorium**
5/28 — Pryor, OK — Rocklahoma*
6/1 — Boise, ID — Knitting Factory Concert House***
6/2 — Portland, OR —RoZone Waterfront Stage — KFBW Radio Show*
6/3 — Seattle, WA — 2nd Annual Crazy Beverage Bash at Showbox SoDo*
6/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore***
6/6 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues***
6/7 — Tempe, AZ — Marquee Theatre***
6/10 — Saint Louis, MO —The Pageant***
6/11 — South Bend, IN — The Bear’s Big Growl Six*
7/15 — Bridgeview, IL — Chicago Open Air at Toyota Park*
7/16 — Indianapolis, IN — Egyptian Room at Old National Centre^
7/18 — Cincinnati, OH — Bogart’s^
7/19 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues ^
7/22 — Bangor, ME — Rise Above Fest at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion*
7/24 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage^
7/25 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage^
7/27 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore^
7/29 — North Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues^
8/1 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom^
8/2 — Springfield, MO — Gillioz Theatre^
8/4 — Saint Paul, MN — The Myth^
8/5 — Milwaukee, WI — Eagles Ballroom^
8/6 — Peoria, IL — Limelight Eventplex^
8/8 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater^
8/9 — Sioux Falls, SD — The District^
8/11 — Glendive MT — Dawson County Fairgrounds ^
8/14 — Boulder, CO — Boulder Theater^
8/16 — Wichita, KS — The Cotillion Ballroom^
8/17 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues^
8/19 — San Antonio, TX — The Aztec Theatre^
8/20 — Houston, TX — House of Blues^
**Featuring Letters From the Fire + Kaleido
***Featuring Through Fire + Kaleido
^Featuring Letters From the Fire + Big Story
INCUBUS 8 TOUR with Special Guest Jimmy Eat World & Judah and The Lion
Tour alert! Incubus just announced their ‘8 Tour’, which is the first major headline North American summer tour by Incubus since 2015, with support by Arizona-based Jimmy Eat World. See the full tour itinerary below.
The 30-city tour of the U.S. and Canada will open July 6th at Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, and wrap up 6-weeks later at White River Amphitheater in Seattle on August 19th. For more information, please visit the Bands Website. Also be sure to check out for their new single “Nimble Bastard” which is the first single off of their upcoming album “8”.
INCUBUS Tour Dates:
July 6 – Perfect Vodka Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL
July 7 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
July 8 – Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
July 11 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
July 12 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
July 14 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
July 15 – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse, NY
July 16 – Bethel Woods – Bethel, NY
July 18 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
July 19 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
July 20 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
July 22 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
July 23 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
July 25 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
July 26 – Key Bank Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
July 27 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
July 29 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
July 30 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
August 1 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
August 2 – Bold Sphere at Champions Square – New Orleans, LA
August 4 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
August 5 – Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
August 6 – Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
August 9 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
August 11 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
August 12 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
August 14 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
August 16 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
August 18 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre – Portland, OR
August 19 – White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA
October 3 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
Rock fans across North America can look forward to seeing SWITCHFOOT and LIFEHOUSE together for the first time on the “Looking for Summer” Tour, delivering 30+ shows to venues across the U.S. and Canada. The tour kicks off on July 23at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO and will run into the fall, culminating at The Masonic in San Francisco on September 10. Up-and-coming songstress Brynn Elliott will open every night of the tour. For additional information and a full list of upcoming dates, please see below or visit the Looking for Summer Tour Website.
On the upcoming tour, the band shares: “We are amped to announce that we are going on tour with LIFEHOUSE for the first time ever. We’re calling it the ‘Looking for Summer’ Tour and we can’t wait to sing these songs with you.”
Pre-sales for the SWITCHFOOT and LIFEHOUSE fan clubs begin today as early as 11am local, with additional pre-sales rolling throughout the week. General on-sale begins Friday, April 7 @ 10am local. See the full list of tour stops below.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
7/23 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
7/25 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphtheater
7/26 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
7/29 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
7/30 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
8/2 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel (formerly known as Sound Academy)
8/4 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/5 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
8/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
8/9 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues – Boston
8/10 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/13 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
8/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier 6 Pavilion
8/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
8/18 – Nashville, TN @ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel
8/19 – Williamsburg, VA @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg
8/22 – Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/25 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
8/26 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater
8/27 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
8/29 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
8/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
9/1 – DuQuoin, IL @ DuQuoin State Fair
9/3 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater
9/4 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
9/5 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Houston
9/8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Beach
9/9 – Los Angeles, CA @Greek Theatre
9/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
ALTER BRIDGE ANNOUNCE SPRING U.S. HEADLINE DATES with IN FLAMES AND METAL CHURCH
Hot on the heels of their most successful headline tour of North America, Alter Bridge are announcing the next leg of The Last Hero Tour in the United States hitting the road this Spring. The headline dates will be scattered among the numerous festival dates that Alter Bridge is already confirmed for including WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. The headline tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, FL and make stops in Sayreville, NJ; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Stroudsburg, PA; Sault Sainte Marie, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. In Flamesand Metal Church will be joining Alter Bridge on select dates of the tour.
Alter Bridge is wrapping up their current headline tour this week. Joined by Nonpoint, the tour played to packed rooms in Atlanta, GA; Royal Oak, MI; and Kansan City, MO among others and boasted numerous sell-outs throughout the United States. The Last Hero Tour wraps up in Seattle, WA on February 22nd
April 21st Revolution Fort Lauderdale, FL *#
April 22nd WJRR Earth Day Birthday Orlando, FL*#
April 29th Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival Fort Myers, FL *#
April 30th Welcome To Rockville Jacksonville, FL *#
May 2nd Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
May 3rd Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
May 5th Lunatic Luau Festival 2017 Virginia Beach, VA *#
May 6th Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC *#
May 10th The Hippodrome Baltimore, MD
May 11th Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA
May 14th Northern Invasion Somerset, WI *#
May 16th Dream Makers Theatre Sault Saint Marie, MI #
May 17th The Rave Milwaukee, WI
May 20th Rock On The Range Columbus, OH *#
Today, Violent Femmes announce their North American co-headlining tour with Echo & The Bunnymen. The tour begins July 11 in Philadelphia, PA, and ends August 3 in Vancouver, BC. The full itinerary is below.
The band is still touring in support of their critically acclaimed album WE CAN DO ANYTHING, which was their first album in 15 years. Violent Femmes reunited at Coachella in 2013 and then in 2016 made their first network TV live appearance in 16 years, performing “Memory” on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well as their legendary song, “Blister in the Sun” with Colbert on vocals. The video was seen everywhere and even became the #1 trending topic on Facebook the day it was released. The Violent Femmes continue to appeal to new generations of fans, and recently found a new fan in author JK Rowling who humorously rated the band 8.5 out 10 on the eclectic Ruth and Martin’s Album Clubblog. Violent Femmes are currently recording their new album, which will be released later in the year.
The complete Violent Femmes/Echo & The Bunnymen tour dates are below:
Jul 11 – Philadelphia – Skyline Stage at the Mann
Jul 12 – Brooklyn – Ford Ampitheater at Coney Island
Jul 14 – Asbury Park – Stone Pony Summerstage
Jul 15 – Boston – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jul 17 – Pittsburgh – Stage AE
Jul 18 – Detroit – Meadow Brook Ampitheatre
Jul 19 – Columbus – Express Live Outdoor Stage
Jul 21 – Milwaukee – BMO Harris Pavillion
Jul 23 – Chicago – Huntington Bank Pavilion
Jul 25 – Kansas City – Crossroads KC
Jul 26 – Denver – Fillmore Auditorium
Jul 29 – Costa Mesa – Pacific Ampitheatre
Jul 30 – Saratoga/San Jose – The Mountain Winery
Aug 1 – Portland – Oregon Zoo Ampitheatre
Aug 2 – Seattle – Woodland Park Zoo Ampitheatre
Aug 3 – Vancouver – PNE Ampitheatre
The recently reunited original line-up of LIVE continue to add festival appearances for their 2017 worldwide tour including Arroyo Seco, BottleRock, Rock On The Range, MMBBQ Festival and PinkPop (The Netherlands), with more to be announced soon. Known as one of the most potent alternative rock acts and concert attractions with their powerful musical dynamics, vocal fervor and questing lyrics LIVE will continue to announce tour dates and are currently writing and recording new music TBA. The band performed for the first time together on New Year’s Eve 2016–an invite-only surprise show at the Valencia Ballroom in their native York, PA—which was broadcast live on Facebook.
Speaking to the excitement of their upcoming festival performances, Ed Kowalczyk tells Consequence of Sound: “There’s a lot more festivals in general, and we’re on way cooler festivals with these amazing bands than we were 20 years ago. I don’t know what flipped there, but that’s so inspiring, because we look at these lineups and we’re playing with some of these artists that I’ve never gotten a chance to see, and they’re people that I really want to play with and check out.”
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of their debut album Mental Jewelry (released December 31, 1991). The multi-platinum band from Pennsylvania have sold over 22 million albums worldwide and earned two number one albums (Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi). Their catalog is filled with such gems as “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You” and “Lakini’s Juice,” which live on today as classics at rock radio.
RANCID AND DROPKICK MURPHYS
ANNOUNCE FROM BOSTON TO BERKELEY TOUR
KICKING OFF JULY 27 IN BANGOR, ME
AND WRAPPING AUGUST 26 IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have announced the co-headlining From Boston To Berkeley Tour, kicking off July 27 in Bangor, ME and wrapping August 26 in Southern California. The initial tour dates, cities and venues are listed below, with additional details to be announced in the coming weeks. Each night will culminate with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys on stage together for a joint encore.
The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns open the July 27 – August 9 shows and The Selecter and Kevin Seconds open from August 11 – 26. See the full list of tour dates below.
Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have a long and important history together. Back in 1997, Rancid‘s Lars Frederiksen came across a copy of Dropkick Murphys‘ original EP at a friend’s house. He turned it over to his bandmate and Hellcat Records president Tim Armstrong, who quickly snatched up the band for his new label.
“Rancid is looking forward to hitting the road with our brothers the Dropkick Murphys,” says Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. “We will end the night with DKM and us playing songs together. Look out for The Bouncing Souls, The Selecter, Kevin Seconds and Jake Burns to be on certain shows. SEE YA IN THE PIT!”
The roots of Rancid are traceable back to Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, CA. circa 1987. After Operation Ivy broke up, Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman went on to form Rancid. In 1993, they signed with longtime producer, and label founder, Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records, who would stay on with the band for the next 20 years as the band’s producer. Rancid (Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen, Matt Freeman, Branden Steineckert) has stayed independent. They have their own independent booking agent, they’re on an independent record label, Hellcat/Epitaph, and they make their own t-shirts. 2017 will see the release of Rancid‘s ninth studio album.
Dropkick Murphys are touring in support of their 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album, released through the band’s own Born & Bred Records earlier this year. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 independently released album. There’s a feeling of purpose throughout the album, influenced by the band’s work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations.
Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey comments, “This is a dream come true for Dropkick Murphys. Hopefully all the people coming to the shows will feel the same way. Rancid gave us our break — Tim signing us to his label, Lars producing our early albums…so much history and great memories. Now, literally sharing the stage together every night. This tour is going to destroy all others this summer!!!!“
The initial dates for the From Boston To Berkeley Tour are as follows:
7/27/17 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/28/17 Montreal, QC ’77 (www.77Montreal.com)
7/29/17 Toronto, ON Echo Beach
7/30/17 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/31/17 Sterling Heights, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/2/17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
8/3/17 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
8/4/17 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/5/17 Boston / Brockton, MA Brockton Fairgrounds
8/6/17 Brooklyn, NY Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/8/17 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/9/17 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Pavilion
8/11/17 Denver, CO Sculpture Park
8/12/17 Salt Lake City, UT Saltair
8/13/17 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
8/15/17 Vancouver, BC UBC Thunderbird Arena
8/16/17 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater at Century Link Field Events Center
8/18/17 San Luis Obispo, CA Avila Beach
8/19/17 Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
8/20/17 Berkeley, CA The Greek
8/22/17 Chandler, AZ Rawhide Event Center
8/24/17 San Diego, CA Petco Park In The Park
8/25/17 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
8/26/17 Los Angeles, CA TBA
Supergroup Chickenfoot will release Divine Termination, its first new tune in 5 years on BEST + LIVE, the groups first ever best of collection, on March 10, 2017. Chickenfoot features front man Sammy Hagar, guitar god Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen), and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
In addition to Divine Termination, BEST + LIVE includes over 90 minutes of live music for the first time released on CD. Sammy Hagar says, ”Listening to this collection of songs from the Foot brings back memories of some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a band. The chemistry between Chad, Joe, Mike and me is very special. It’s almost like visual music — you can see us having fun when you listen to these songs.”
In May 2016, Chickenfoot reunited for two highly-anticipated one-time shows at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, and played their first complete set in more than six years, along with a special unveiling of the new tune “Divine Termination.” Joe Satriani describes the track as bone crunching, hell raising rock, dripping with attitude and vibe. Just the way Chickenfoot likes it!
Both the extra CD LIVE and the bonus tracks on the best of feature a 13 song strong set list including almost every song from Chickenfoots debut album as well as Sammy Hagars old Montrose classic Bad Motor Scooter, The Whos My Generation and Joe Satrianis interpretation of The Star Spangled Banner” all recorded live in Phoenix 2009 and available for the first time on CD (previously only available as video on the DVD/Blu-ray Get Your Buzz On.
The groups last album, Chickenfoot III, debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in 2011.
Tracklist BEST+LIVE CD1 BEST OF
01. Divine Termination (BRAND NEW SONG)
02. Soap On A Rope
03. Sexy Little Thing
04. Oh Yeah
05. Get It Up
06. Future In The Past
07. Big Foot
08. Different Devil
09. Lighten Up
10. Dubai Blues
11. Something Going Wrong
Bonus LIVE TRACKS:
12. Highway Star
13. Bad Motor Scooter
14. My Generation
01. Avenida Revolution
02. Sexy Little Thing
03. Soap On A Rope
04. My Kinda Girl
05. Down The Drain
06. Bitten By The Wolf
07. Oh Yeah
08. Learning To Fall
09. Get It Up
10. Turnin Left
11. Future In The Past
CRAIG CHAQUICO REUNITED WITH LONG LOST
1959 LES PAUL SUNBURST THAT WAS STOLEN DURING
FAMOUS RIOT AT JEFFERSON STARSHIP CONCERT IN SUMMER OF 1978
For Jefferson Starship guitarist and original founding member Craig Chaquico, “Find Your Way Back” has a whole new meaning some 35 years after writing, and performing on, the Billboard Top Ten single from the band’s 1981 album, Modern Times.
It was a year ago this month that Craig informed his worldwide fans about his quest to retrieve his beloved 1959 Les Paul Sunburst guitar (9-2180) that was thought to have been destroyed during a summer of ‘78 fiery riot in Lorelei, Germany, right after it was announced that Jefferson Starship wouldn’t be taking the stage that day as a result of legendary singer Grace Slick not feeling well.
Fearing for their safety, the band members that were on site — Craig, David Frieberg, and John Barbata — quickly evacuated the area. Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and Pete Sears were still at the hotel. Devout fans of the band know that their next show in Hamburg together would mark the last for this original line-up.
Almost all of the bands’ instruments and gear went missing during this riot, including Craig’s rare 1957 Les Paul Gold Top (still missing – Serial No. 7 8793 – played on the first two Jefferson Starship hit albums, Dragon Fly (1974) and Red Octopus (1975)), and this recently discovered ’59 Sunburst guitar that was near-and-dear to Craig’s heart, as he used it on the platinum-selling Jefferson Starship albums, Spitfire (1976) and Earth(1978), and can be heard on such classic hits as “With Your Love,” “Count on Me” and “Runaway” among others. Of course, it’s this rock and roll history that has added extreme value to the guitar.
Part of the successful identification process which, without the serial number, included Craig going through thousands of high-resolution photos in the vast archives of Roger Ressmeyer who was a key band photographer throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, including for both the Spitfire and Earth albums.
Three years after he was tipped off that the guitar might still be in existence, Craig’s difficult quest to get it back has ended after a meeting of the musical minds between Craig and the instrument’s current owner, a guitar aficionado, himself.
After more than a year of back-and-forth’s in the legal system, the two musicians sat down and talked about the history of the guitar (now known affectionately as “Lorelei”) and what it meant to each of them. And it was this discussion that led to a confidential settlement agreement and resolution between the parties…
“Seeing the guitar for the first time after so many years brought back so many memories for me,” states Chaquico. “One of my dreams from the outset was simply to perform or record with it again… and it looks like that dream just might come true.”
In a gesture of good will from one musician to another, the current owner of the ’59 Sunburst (who has now owned the instrument for almost a dozen years) would like Craig to continue making great music and providing further heritage to the instrument that already has an illustrious past thanks to Craig. This guitar went everywhere with him beginning in the mid-70’s until it vanished at the riot.
“I’m thoroughly excited about hitting the stage with it again sometime this year,” says Craig. “It’ll be a magical moment for me and I’m sure I’ll feel like a ‘kid’ in the mid-70’s all over again. ‘Lorelei’ truly is one of my favorite guitars of all-time.”
The value of the guitar can only increase over time if it remains in its impeccable condition.
According to a Guitar Player magazine article in April 2016, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett purchased a 1959 Les Paul Standard that was previously owned by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green and guitar great Gary Moore for a reported $2 million.
Craig looks forward to great things ahead, commenting, “What I’d really like to see is a reunion of Jefferson Starship original members who lost their instruments that day come together and perform with them again. Pete Sears got his bass back in 2013 and John Barbata got his cymbals back shortly after the riot.”