Tokyo: They are saying you always remember your old flame, and after pining for his stolen guitar for nearly half a century, Canadian rock star Randy Bachman has lastly been reunited with the instrument which an eagle-eyed fan tracked down in Japan.
Bachman, who wrote the unique “American Lady” together with his band The Guess Who, was in Tokyo for the emotional handover on Friday — 46 years after his cherished orange Gretsch was snatched from a Toronto lodge.
“Wow,” a shocked Bachman stated, holding the guitar lovingly and tuning it up on stage earlier than taking part in in a particular live performance on the Canadian Embassy.
The 78-year-old stated he had been “just about devastated” by the theft.
“With that guitar, I wrote many million-selling songs… it was like my magical guitar. After which when it´s instantly gone, the magic is gone.”
The rocker purchased the now classic 6120 Chet Atkins mannequin as a young person within the early Sixties with $400 painstakingly saved up from mowing lawns, washing vehicles and babysitting.
He had lengthy admired the instrument, spending hours gazing it in a store window in Winnipeg together with his buddy and fellow musician Neil Younger.
It meant a lot to Bachman that he would chain it to lodge bathrooms on tour. “All people within the band made enjoyable of me, however as a result of I labored so arduous to get this guitar, I didn´t need it stolen.”
However in 1976, he entrusted the guitar to a roadie who put it in a room with different baggage whereas the band was testing.
Earlier than they knew it, it was gone.
– Some sleuthing and a handover –
Over the a long time, Bachman hunted for his Gretsch, which has a small, darkish knot within the wooden grain on its entrance, however to no avail — till a Canadian fan determined to assist with the search from his house in 2020.
William Lengthy in contrast previous photographs of the stolen instrument with new and archived photos of the mannequin on guitar store web sites around the globe.
“Yeah, I´m a sleuth,” Lengthy, 58, stated. “I used to be assured I used to be going to seek out it. I acquired the method down so fast — I went by means of 300 photographs of orange Gretches.”
None have been an ideal match, till he discovered one on the positioning of a Tokyo guitar store with the tell-tale mark.
Extra looking pointed Lengthy to a Japanese musician referred to as Takeshi, who he noticed taking part in Bachman´s beloved guitar in a YouTube video.
Takeshi, who had all the time wished a classic Gretsch, says he purchased Bachman´s guitar in 2014 for round 850,000 yen ($6,300).
Lengthy alerted Bachman to his discovery, and the musicians organized to fulfill in Tokyo to swap Bachman´s authentic guitar with one other of the identical kind, additionally made in 1957.
On Friday, at an occasion held on Canada Day, the pair shared an enormous hug after which jammed collectively.
They carried out songs together with “American Lady”, the 1970 hit later coated by US singer Lenny Kravitz, and “Takin´ Care of Enterprise” by Bachman´s different band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
Bachman shouldn’t be the one rock star to be reunited with a long-lost guitar: final 12 months, Led Zeppelin´s Jimmy Web page additionally tracked one down that went lacking at an airport a long time in the past.