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Joan Jett & Eric's Old Guitar


Al K

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I had the pleasure of spending some with Joan Jett last night, and she told me of her fondness for Raspberries and especially for Eric's guitar he used to play on many of the band's songs including many of the hits. Joan fond that Eric sold this guitar sometime after Raspberries broke up, and Joan bought the guitar from the person who bought it from Eric. Joan was SO excited to have the guitar she preceeded to use it to record virtualy all of her hits, even taking the guitar on the road for many years during her 80's solo heyday. Joan eventually retired the guitar from the road, still owns it and keeps it safely tucked away.

Many of you have heard or read of this story, but I don't know if anyone in the band's entourage had ever heard the story first hand...'til now!!

Al

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Speaking of kicking the crud out of a cover, I just listened to "No Hard Feelings" - my favorite back in the 70s. Can you imagine how good that song would be live, if covered by the Raspberries... extending the "Let Me Out.." climax a minute or two, with Wally, Billy and Paul ripping it up on guitar!!??

Man..

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I heard the same story straight from Joan after a 1998 performance in a small bar in Seattle. When she first came out it was something.. first I had seen her with the blond crew cut, and her white guitar was trashed with bumper stickers, drawings, etc. I asked her afterwards if that one was Eric's, and she said it was identical, but she only records with Eric's because in her words she "didn't want to f**k it up"

She said she had met Eric before, knew he was from Cleveland, and that he was a nice guy, kind of quiet. Everyone seems quiet around Joan.

I was also unaware of her coming out, and my wife and I and the other couple that came with us, were about the only non- female/female couple in this intimate performance. The show was great, we watched from the front of the stage. Saw her last year at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma in front of about 1,000 people, mainstream audience, still puts on great show.

She must tour a lot as even way up here in Seattle, she comes through about twice a year.

Erics guitar is on some of her album covers too

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No Hard Feelings sure seems like a natural jamming encore for the 'berries... Eric: "We was raped", Dave: "Reshaped", Wally: "And trying to escape" Great window for a Wally solo, and opportunities for more harmonies than the original.

I wrote before... Eric could bring the song down, ala Garth, and explain how he wrote another verse since they are back... and kick it in again.

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Thanks, Al, for that great post! How terrific to hear the story straight from Joan herself! And it's so cool that she still has the guitar safely tucked away!

Raspberries definitely are "musicians' musicians" and I have no doubt they will one day get inducted into the R&RHOF.

Annie, my good friend, Dennis Coyman, who plays drums with the Jimmy Sturr Band, lives in Greenwood Lake. Very pretty up there. At what club in Greenwood Lake did Joan appear?

:) --Darlene

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JOAN JETT was infact playing Eric's WHITE Melody Maker during the R&R Hall of Fame Induction Ceramony Monday Nite. Very Nice to see that she still has it. I'v read where the guitar was an obsession for Joan, esp because of its lavish Raspberries history and that it was a guitar that Eric used on stage and probably on a numberr of songs in the Studio....KUDO's to Joan!! Jen

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