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Colin Newman from Wire

“We are not a punk band” says Wire’s Colin Newman

Wire’s 1977 debut, “Pink Flag”, is widely regarded as one of the landmark British punk albums, released the same years as the Sex Pistols’ and The Clash’s debuts. It may come as a surprise, then, that the band don’t see themselves as punks… and never have.

In an exclusive interview for Eastwood guitars, Wire’s lead singer and guitarist, Colin Newman, said:

“Wire really never were a punk band… we happened to be there at the same time. You could list the Ramones as one of our influences, but we were never interested in just doing that genre.”

Eastwood met with Colin Newman ahead of their gig in Leeds, England, last month. Wire were headlining their own festival, DRILL, which takes places in different countries, including the US, England, Belgium and Germany.

The band is currently promoting their new album, Silver/Lead, that shows they are still musically relevant in 2017 – and, perhaps as Colin suggest, not really “punk”. At least not anymore!

Colin Newman live at Leeds

Colin Newman live at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club

The article also reveals plans for a Colin Newman signature guitar, based on Colin’s favorite guitar – the Airline MAP, which he fitted with a piezo pickup for acoustic tones.

Since forming in 1976, Wire have become one of the most influential British bands from the late seventies – despite never achieving the same level of success as the Sex Pistols or The Clash. Bands as diverse as R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Elastica, My Bloody Valentine, Black Flag and, more recently, Parquet Courts, have been influenced by Colin Newman & co. 

Today, with the addition of new guitarist Matt Simms (who joined in 2010), Wire remain relevant and a superb live band – and the same goes for their records. Albums such as Change becomes Us, Nocturnal Koreans and this year’s Silver/Lead are proof of their continued musical vitality.

LISTEN: Wire’s “Short Elevated Period” (from Silver / Lead, 2017)

READ COLIN NEWMAN INTERVIEW

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WATCH: Moon Duo Covers The Stooges’ ‘No Fun’

Iggy Pop turned 70 last Friday, April 21. To celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest frontmen in Rock’n’Roll, Moon Duo covered The Stooges’ ‘No Fun’ on BBC Radio 6.

On this video, Moon Duo singer / guitarist Ripley Johnson uses, as usual, his Airline 59 3P Ripley Custom, his own signature guitar and also an unique model in the Airline 59 family, as it features our Transwarp Drive boost.

Airline 59 3P Ripley Custom

Airline 59 3P Ripley Custom

Rock on, Ripley!

 

Moon Duo’s worldwide tour continues in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re around to catch one of those dates, don’t miss it!

21/4/17 Chicago @ The Empty Bottle w/ Jackie Lynn 
22/4/17 Detroit @ El Club w/ Jackie Lynn 
23/4/17 Toronto @ Horseshoe Tavern w/ Jackie Lynn 
25/4/17 Montreal @ La Sala Rossa w/ Jackie Lynn 
26/4/17 Boston @ Great Scott w/ Jackie Lynn 
27/4/17 Brooklyn @ Rough Trade w/ Jackie Lynn 
28/4/17 Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Jackie Lynn 
29/4/17 Washington DC @ DC9 w/ Jackie Lynn 
30/4/17 Cleveland @ Beachland Tavern w/ Jackie Lynn

More info:

Moon Duo official website

View Airline 59 3P Ripley information

Instro Summit 2011

Instro Summit 2011

Instro Summit 2011

Instro Summit 2011 is our third annual event, held from 7pm Friday, April 29th to 1am Sunday, May first. Currently the largest festival of its’ type in the Southeast, it features bands from as nearby as Durham to as far away as Ulm, Germany, all eager to share their lyric-free music with fans-and bands-that appreciate the genre.

Highlights this year include our three annual audience participation events. First is our “Can You Play as Wack’d as Link Wray?” contest, second is “The Big Bass-Off!”, third event, the “Rumble Jam”. Of note to folks who are fans of Eastwood’s products is our first annual Instro Summit Raffle, in which our grand prize is a Brand-new Eastwood Saturn 63 guitar donated by – you guessed it – Eastwood guitars. This custom model has the Instro Summit Logo on the pickgaurd for extra coolness.

Instro Summit 2011

Instro Summit 2011

Tickets for the Instro Summit are Eleven dollars for Friday, and Saturday, and Nine bucks for Sunday. A three day pass can be purchased for 24 bucks. A measly five bucks gets you a raffle ticket, and you need not be present to be eligible. Those interested in purchasing tickets can contact us at instrosummit@gmail.com. Just make sure you contact us by April 22th, as we’ll be having the drawing on Sunday, May 1st, and we want to make sure all tickets purchased-raffle or otherwise-get to where they need to be on time.

To learn more about the summit check out their Facebook page.

Texas in March & SXSW 2011

Our family vacation this year started in Houston, where we dropped in to see Jimmy at Southpaw Guitars. Great guy, great shop, full of some weird and wonderful lefties. Every lefty players should take the time to visit.

Mike & Troy at Southpaw Guitars in Houston, TX

Mike & Troy at Southpaw Guitars in Houston, TX

Next we made the mistake of planning a peaceful seaside family beach vacation on South Padre Island. You see, my wife was there with her family 35 years ago, so now that our son is 12, she thought it would be cool to revisit that trip. A truly great place to visit, but our timing could not have been worse. Check this out.

So we cut that short and headed up to San Antonio. What a great city, plenty of family things to do there and plenty of great restaurants. Will certainly look forward to going there again. Then I was lucky enough squeeze in a one-afternoon whirlwind stop in AUSTIN, TX for the 2011 SXSW festival. First I had lunch with Lance Keltner who took some EASTWOOD’s for a test drive on YouTube.

Then I dropped my wife Kay and son Troy off at the Austin Duck and dove headfirst into the SXSW crowds, battling my way to the Pitchfork outdoor stage, waiting for Edwyn Collins to appear. One real surprise was catching a set by Toronto based one-man-band Diamond Rings. Great set of energetic pop tunes, quite like Depeche Mode. An hour later the legendary Edwyn Collins cruised through a perfect 30-minute set of new and classic tunes. As always, “Rip It Up” had the crowd dancing away in the hot afternoon sun. Great to see Edwyn again as well as his son William pitching in for one of his new tracks.

Edwyn Collins & his son William at SXSW 2011

Edwyn Collins & his son William at SXSW 2011

A rather LONG walk across 6th to the far side of SXSW and GINGER MAN bar. There was a lineup so I missed the end of Steve Wynn’s set, but got in just in time to see him switch hats and the BASEBALL Project took the stage.

Steve Wynn's 'The Baseball Project' at SXSW 2011

Steve Wynn's 'The Baseball Project' at SXSW 2011

Great tunes, great players and a really great crowd made for a memorable set. A little icing on the cake for me personally was Peter Buck pulling out his EASTWOOD Nashville 12 string for to tracks. Cool.

Peter Buck with his Nashville 12-String guitar from Eastwood Guitars at SXSW 2011

Peter Buck with his Nashville 12-String guitar from Eastwood Guitars at SXSW 2011

Hard to beat that for a quick afternoon drop-by at SXSW, but it got even better when Mike Watt took the stage!

Mike Watt & The Missingmen at SXSW 2011

Friday March 18th – SXSW Austin, TX – I was in Austin for only one day of SXSW this year, but as luck would have it, so was Mike Watt. His is in the middle of a grueling 51 shows in 52 night tour.

Shortly after 5PM I worked my way up front, minutes later Watt took the stage, looked as the back-line BASS AMP and started laughing as if to say, “How am I going to light up this crowd with that little thing?”. Another minute later, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind. This three piece band (Tom Watson on guitar and Raul Morales on drums) proceeded to kick-ass like no other 3-piece ever has. I not suggesting you go catch the them live – I am DEMANDING you do – do not miss this show. What a trip, and hats off to Mike Watt once again, D. Boon would be proud.

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

Mike Watt & The Missing Men at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX for SXSW 2011

We’ve Only Just Begun: My 50th Birthday

Wow. Where did the time go? OK, I’m 50. No big deal. I’m just a little surprised how fast I got here that’s all. Looking back I can’t imagine having more fun along the way and no reason to think it will get any less silly moving forward. I am blessed to be surrounded by a great family and a wide, diverse circle of friends. What else could you ask for? Sorry to bore you with the slide show, but I feel the need to document this…

The celebrations took nearly two months to get through. It started early in August with a 2 week getaway vacation with my wife Kay and son Troy. We went to eastern Canada and hit every spot imaginable from Cape Breton to P.E.I. to Halifax and over to Newfoundland. If you have never been to Newfoundland, you should. Here is a picture of Troy and me hiking in Western NFLD:

Troy and me hiking in Western Newfoundland

Troy and me hiking in Western Newfoundland

Here is 10 yr. old Troy in charge of steering the Lobster Boat in P.E.I. He may look calm, but in fact he is very serious because this was a pretty big boat!

Upon returning to Toronto, my brother Peter from California decided to make his second trip up to Canada this summer for the 50th celebrations. We kicked it off with a couple of rounds of golf and more than a couple of rounds of drinks. The big party was Sept 5th, featuring a baseball game with 25 friends from High School – Yes, I said HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS – question: who can round up 25 high school friends on their 50th Birthday? I think not many. That is what I call good friends! Butch came from Texas, Big T came from Vancouver, Heter from California. Amazing that most of us still hang out together all the time. Here is one of the photos:

Who can round up 25 high school friends on their 50th Birthday? I think not many.

Who can round up 25 high school friends on their 50th Birthday? I think not many.

The party lasted well into the wee hours, featuring numerous guitars, amps, basses, vocals, and of course cocktails. Good thing the neighbors were out of town. After that we went up north to a friend’s cottage in Muskoka for 3 days of fishing. Here is brother Peter, trolling the shoreline for PIKE:

Peter, trolling the shoreline for Pike

Peter, trolling the shoreline for Pike

Then back to Toronto for a short sleep and right on through to the Catskills in New York – a total of 8 hours driving – to the ATP Festival. What a blast that was. Take a look at this shot. Yes, I might be 50, yes, I might look 50, but I am dead center in the middle of the mosh-pit acting like a 20 year old, which is how I feel most of the time. This photo was taken during the kick-ass set from legendary JESUS LIZARD. That is David Yow with the MIC, me right in front of him:

Me in the pit at the Jesus Lizard show at ATP (David Yow with the mic)

Me in the pit at the Jesus Lizard show at ATP (David Yow with the mic)

Also that first night I ran into Nick Cave (who was not on the bill) after sitting in with Warren Ellis and The Dirty Three. Warren and I get to talking about making an Eastwood TENOR guitar. This is really going to happen! Here I am with Nick and his AIRLINE TUXEDO guitar the following week back in Toronto:

Nick Cave with an Airline Tuxedo

Nick Cave with an Airline Tuxedo

Not often you see Nick smile, but somehow it feels like a fitting photograph to cap off the 50th Birthday celebrations. So the partying has finally come to an end and it’s time to get back to work. Summer has also officially ended and the leaves are starting to fall. Here is one final photo from this summer. This is Troy up at our cottage, where most evenings we have a fire and roast marshmallows. Troy decided it would be cool to put a marshmallow on the end of an arrow and fire it out into Georgian Bay. Who has more fun than kids? Looks like the 50 year olds?

Troy decided it would be cool to put a masrhmellow on the end of an arrow and fire it out into Georgian Bay

Troy decided it would be cool to put a masrhmellow on the end of an arrow and fire it out into Georgian Bay

Odd’s & End’s

Every month I get people sending in images, YouTube links, songs, etc that fit the theme of My Rare Guitarticles newsletter. Here are a few samples. Feel free to send in anything you think might be of interest to our community.

Jackson 5: Jermaine Jackson plays Airline Town & Country Guitar

Jackson 5: Jermaine Jackson plays Airline Town & Country Guitar

ABOVE: A chubby-cheeked 10-year-old Michael flanked by his four brothers (middle row, left-right) Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and (back row) Jackie in 1968, two years after they formed the Jackson Five. Back then the world really was black and white for Michael and family. This shot is interesting for us because Jermaine is sporting an AIRLINE Town & Country model.

BELOW: Here is a beautiful and haunting song from NYC’s singer Sharon Van Etten playing her song “For You”. It was filmed by Kevin Serra in Central Park in a rowboat.

Hollerado - Send the Boys to China

Hollerado - Send the Boys to China

ABOVE: Thank you to everyone that participated in the SEND THE BOYS TO CHINA contest. Here is a shot of HOLLERADO during one of their shows on that recent trip to China.

BELOW: This is just a weird shot from www.myspace.com/davidchazam

David Chazam

David Chazam

Live in Toronto (October 2008)

Once again it’s been a busy fall concert schedule here in Toronto. Here is what I’d picked out for the first half of October:

  • Wed10/01/08 – Nick Cave
  • Fri10/03/08 – The Wedding Present
  • Sat 10/04/08 – Alkaline Trio
  • Sun 10/05/08 – Beck with MGMT
  • Tue 10/07/08 – Wire
  • Fri 10/10/08 – The NOTWIST
  • Sat 10/11/08 – Lucinda Williams
  • Sun 10/12/08 – Crooked Fingers

Here are some photo’s, videos and comments from a few.

BECK with Jessica Dobson playing her AIRLINE TUXEDO Guitar. If you have never been to a BECK show, do yourself a favor, GO!

Here is BECK again the following Friday night in David Letterman:

My thanks to Jessica for making that AIRLINE Tuxedo look better than it ever has!

MGMT performing their mega cool #1 2008 summertime song TIME TO PRETEND featuring the EASTWOOD WANDRE Guitar.

A certain highlight of the week was WIRE at Lee’s Palace. I recently read a review of their new LP OBJECT 47, being called “music from the year 2038″. Why? Because WIRE has always been 30 years ahead of their time. I must agree, find out for yourself. I did not manage to get any video or photo’s (too much beer, perhaps?) but here is some footage on youtube from an earlier show on the tour – featuring Colin Newman with his AIRLINE MAP Guitar.

And perhaps the best show of the week – even though NO Eastwood or AIRLINE guitars were to be seen – was The Notwist. This is a band that you should see. Five piece, with many more than 5 instruments – 2 guitars, bass, Piano, synth, drums, a variety of synth drums, turntables, vintage LP’s, weird remote controlled percussion digital whateverf!!?@, the list goes on… some of the most exciting music being written today. Make sure to check them out, buy the CD NEON GOLDEN check out this track -ONE WITH THE FREAKS – is #1 in my IPOD for the past 12 months, and played LOUD was a HUGE 3rd encore crowd pleaser at the Lee’s Palace Show. Here is the video (turn it up because the audio is REALLY low):

Eastwood Guitars Comes to the Aid of Squeeze

Mike Robinson, president of Eastwood Guitars, once again came to the aid of a band in need.

When Squeeze were coming through Toronto this August, Mike talked with the singer/songwriter Chris Difford, and found out that their two Eastwood guitars went missing. So Mike arranged to replace their guitars free of charge.

After the sold out show at Koolhouse, Mike Robinson presented Chris Difford with a beautiful Airline 3P DLX and handed Glenn Tilbrook an Eastwood Wandre DLX. The smiling British song writing duo were elated by his generosity.

Mike Robinson with Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze

Mike Robinson with Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze

“When we found out that an amazing band like Squeeze had been swindled out of their guitars, we just had to put it straight. Talent like Difford and Tilbrook deserves great guitars” stated Robinson.

Eastwood is developing a reputation for coming to the aid of musicians. Last summer when Robyn Hitchcock had his guitar stolen in Montreal, Eastwood open their Georgetown, Ontario showroom to him where he selected his new main guitar, as he calls it his “Slinky Blue Airline Twin Tone”.

About Eastwood Guitars
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Backstage at the R.E.M. Concert

Sunday June 6th was a fine day here in Toronto. We had the pleasure of spending some time with the guys from R.E.M. prior to their show at the Molson Amphitheatre. As many of you know, Scott McCaughey has been playing an Eastwood Sidejack Guitar for more than half of the songs on this tour (Scott is the long-time sideman for R.E.M.).

In other news, Scott and Peter Buck have teamed up with Steve Wynn and drummer Linda Pitmon to make an entire record of baseball songs. Steve and Linda also dropped by Eastwood headquaters on Monday to say hello. A fine weekend indeed and triple thumbs up to Guitar Tech extrodinarre, Dewitt Burton. Thanks man! Here are some pictures:

1) Hanging out on stage during sound check:

Mike Robinson on stage during the R.E.M. soundcheck

Mike Robinson on stage during the R.E.M. soundcheck

2) Hmmmm… The collection of toy dinosaurs is getting pretty big:

Toy Dinosaurs on the R.E.M. amps

Toy Dinosaurs on the R.E.M. amps

3) Pete and Scott rocking out during the show:

Pete and Scott rocking out during the show

Pete and Scott rocking out during the show

4) R.E.M. with the Eastwood Guitars crew:

Mike Mills, Peter McCracken, Jimmy Lango, Scott McCaughey, (Michael Stipe Background), Mike Robinson, Peter Buck

Mike Mills, Peter McCracken, Jimmy Lango, Scott McCaughey, (Michael Stipe Background), Mike Robinson, Peter Buck

5) A wee bit of video:

6) Steve and Linda dropped by Eastwood headquaters on Monday to say hello:

Steve Wynn & Linda Pitmon

Steve Wynn & Linda Pitmon