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Funny anecdote about Rex Probe

Post by phisynth » Wed May 15, 2019 1:58 pm

From an Eugene Chadbourne interview (more than 20 years ago) :

http://www.paristransatlantic.com/magaz ... dborn.html

I heard that somebody smashed up one of your guitars at a concert. What happened?

That was a really awful story. I still haven't really gotten over that. It was a dobro that I really loved. It's being repaired, but the people in San Francisco who are helping with that (some friends who used to work for Gibson) say it's a really complicated repair, so they've sent it to one of the top repair men in Nashville, Roger Fritz. This guy fixes guitars for Fleetwood Mac and so on. So I just have to wait for it to show up. It really pisses me off. (Pause)
At this particular the venue the "artistic director" invited this guy to take part in a kind of improv "round robin" all focused around me, with a lot of ensembles I played with all night. This guy, whose name is Rex Probe, got completely drunk and stomped on my dobro and broke it.

What did you do?

I sat down in a corner with my head in my hands, I didn't know what to do. It was like a car accident for the audience...up until then it'd been a wonderful event, people were really happy and then they were so upset. Everyone was horrified. People were coming up and giving me money--I think I made more money having my instrument broken than playing it! (Laughs) That made me start thinking I should break one every night... The guy bought me a new guitar next day (they went after him, though I don't think he ever sobered up) but I hated playing it. Every time I played it I thought about him, about playing this piece-of-shit guitar because he broke my other one. So I sold it, I couldn't stand having it around. I'm waiting for the other one to be repaired. I'm still thinking about some kind of legal action--I mean, why should somebody do something like that and get away with it? It disrupts everything you do. You know, when I play it sounds violent but I don't break anything. The guitar I was using last night is an old Gibson I used all through the Shockabilly period. I leave it in Amsterdam. I don't fly it back and forth, otherwise the airlines would have fucked it up by now. I don't have a large collection of guitars. I can barely afford to have instruments to play; that's why what this guy did was such a bad thing.

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Post by Minimoog56 » Thu May 16, 2019 2:51 am

Love Eugene. Drinks is the ruin of all good men. Sad story.
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Post by ModHiisi » Thu May 16, 2019 8:22 am

it's from an interview made in '98.

Though drink is not to be fucked with and neither are persons instruments! Reading that again didn't make me all sad...

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Post by Corrupt » Thu May 16, 2019 8:38 am

Far from funny. :(

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Post by ModHiisi » Thu May 16, 2019 11:10 am

I mean, that happened 20+ years ago.. And there's always different sides to everything. I think it's totally ridiculous to get sad about THAT..?

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Post by cycad73 » Thu May 16, 2019 3:27 pm

Not ridiculous at all, sometime you really only have rapport with one specific instrument.

I keep thinking as well about Thomas Lehn's synthi being stolen, it's not so easy as "get another", they all sound different.

it's like you kill or steal a part of the person as well...

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Post by ModHiisi » Thu May 16, 2019 6:25 pm

I know, I was just thinking about that few days ago. That just how important an instrument can actually be, I was comparing my Serge to a close relative (might be bit too much, but still...) when a friend accidentally jeopardized it's existence as a working piece of gear by not noticing it and almost stepping on it as it was temporarily lying on ground on it's case... But still...

And no, I wouldn't laugh if mine or someone else's close relative would've gotten brutalized instead of a musical instrument. Even if it was 20 years ago...

And I also do think that losing one's instrument can at the same time be a real tragedy!

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Post by doepferiano » Fri May 17, 2019 3:09 am

very very sad! :'(

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