A valuable instrument with a rich rock music history stolen in a San Francisco burglary just under two weeks ago was recovered by the San Francisco police yesterday, as first reported by local NBC News and SF Gate today. The stolen vintage instrument, a 1966 Fender Telecaster guitar, was played in concerts by the Red Hot Chili Peppers between the years 1988 and 1992, and again between the years 1998 and 2009 when John Frusciante was a guitarist with the band (he initially joined in 1988 to replace then guitarist DeWayne "Blackbird" McKnight of Parliament-Funkadelic fame). Valued at $30K, plainclothes SFPD offices recovered the Fender, which was not in Frusciante's possession at the time of the August 16th robbery in SF's Bayview district.
Reportedly the former RHCP guitarist had passed along his valuable axe to an associate who was, in turn, to pass it along to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a temporary loaner for an upcoming event. Above, in a video posted a short time ago today by YouTube member "Officer Manfredi," you can see the guitar being returned at the SFPD station. Below is a video of Frusciante playing the guitar at a Chili Peppers concert in Japan in 1990 when he joined Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and Chad Smith live at Club Citta, Kawasaki as part of the Mother's Milk tour. Among Frusciante's other prized guitars in his collection are a 1962 Fender Stratocaster, a 1955 Gretsch White Falcon, and a custom 1969 Gibson Les Paul.
The year was 2003. I was a 22-year old musician living in Silverlake, playing in a band and chasing the dream. I was taking in heavy doses of Stevie Wonder and anything I could find from Salsa greats Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe. At that time, my whole musical world was Soul, Salsa and Hip Hop. The Roots' Things Fall Apart and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides were still in heavy rotation from my college Freshman days of 1999.
I vividly remember my friend Jesus Beas telling me about this new band I should check out. He said they were called The Mars Volta and some of the guys were in a band called At The Drive-In. I had never heard of either band, but I knew it was worth my time to take a listen. Jesus and I had been friends since 9th grade and he had always turned me on to bands I ended up loving (mostly underground politically charged rock groups like Aztlan Underground and Downset).
Atoms for Peace fans as well as fans of Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in for a treat last night when the group formed by Thom Yorke with Flea on bass stopped by the Daily Show on Comedy Central last night for both an interview and performance in which they did killer sounding live versions of the songs tracks "Default" (latest single off the band's current album Amok that was released back in February of this year by XL Recordings and for which the current tour is in support of), and "Harrowdown Hill" (off Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser from 2006, also on XL). Last night's performance was the first US set by the side-project supergroup originally formed four years ago in LA when they performed publicly for the very first time at the Echoplex in Los Angeles in early October, 2009.
Atoms for Peace, the new band featuring Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco, have announced their debut record, Amok, will be released Feb. 26 from XL. The band released their first single, Default, this week, which also includes the song “What the Eyeballs Did,” which does not appear on the album.
The band debuted in 2009, performing the entirety of Yorke’s The Eraser at Los Angeles’ The Echoplex (the band shares its name with a song on The Eraser, as well as a speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower). Since then, the band toured opening for Flying Lotus and played the 2010 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, while Radiohead released their eighth album, The King of Limbs.
You can here Yorke singing over an eerily beautiful electronic instrumental on the band’s official website, where you can also scroll over an apocalyptic L.A. landscape that includes many local landmarks (no Amoeba, although everything’s on fire so I guess that’s okay).
When the current lineup for Radiohead front man Thom Yorke's "other band" first played last October at LA's Echoplex they didn't have an official name. People then were referring to them as "Thom Yorke and Friends" or as the "Thom Yorke and Flea side project" band. In fact, when the lineup for this year's Coachella Festival (April 16, 17, 18 in Indio CA) at which they are one of the main attractions on the closing day, was initially announced, they were simply billed under the name ????. Consisting of Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, producer Nigel Godrich on keyboards, and session percussionists Joey
Waronker and Mauro Refosco, the group, under Yorke's orchestration, has settled on the band name Atoms For Peace. However the Coachella website currently lists the band simply as "Thom Yorke," no doubt for easier recognition & less confusion.