When Radiohead was touring in support of their second album, The Bends, a stop in Denver lead to some setbacks both acoustically and financially.
The band’s rental truck full of gear went missing outside of the Days Inn where they were staying. One of Johnny Greenwood’s guitars – an Ebony Frost Fender Telecaster Plus – was one of the items stolen when the truck was found.
Frontman Thom Yorke & Johnny played an acoustic set that night using rented gear and were forced to cancel a bunch of shows while the band went shopping for new instruments and amps.
Almost 20 years later…. The King of Gear reports that Johnny has been reunited with that guitar:
Last year, someone contacted me via email, saying that they were browsing the site and recognized Jonny’s Ebony Frost Fender Telecaster Plus (old Tele2) as one that they had purchased in the 90’s in Denver, CO (the city in which all of the band’s gear was stolen on October 04, 1995). I directed them to Plank, the band’s guitar tech, and the result was that after nineteen years, the guitar was finally returned to Jonny.
Better 19 years late than never!
P.S. This week in 1993, Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey.
Inspired by the song Creep, an artist from Brussels named Olya Tsoraeva has spent four months creating a life like plasticine mold of Thom Yorke’s face for an animated take on the song.