Doug Irwin bass returns to Pete Sears after 35(!!!) years
I trust some of y'all will appreciate this cool and completely improbable story about a one-of-a-kind bass that found its way back to its rightful owner, Pete Sears. The bass is a Doug Irwin, made by Luthier Tom Lieber, who worked with Doug and co-designed Jerry Garcia's custom guitars... The bass was conceived after Jerry's Wolf, and just preceding Tiger; it uses some of the same wood that was used on Tiger.
Pete was on tour in Germany with Jefferson Starship back in 1978 when it was lost; Starship unfortunately did not perform at a festival due to Grace Slick evidently being both piss drunk and having a stomach virus. Their non-performance precipitated a riot, in which all of the equipment was either stolen, tossed off a cliff, or burned. Decades later, it turned up, owned by a German dude who did not know its provenance, but who saw fit to let Pete have it back, once a connection had been established...
The story of the Euro tour and debacle with Grace is here; while long, it's entertaining and well worth reading... ahh, the crazy world of rock'n'roll ~http://www.gotarevolution.com/lorelei.htm
The story of the bass' homecoming occurs on the RUKind / Grateful Dead forum... there's some cool pics to check out there too ~http://www.rukind.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=346&t=7366
Lastly, you can see this bass in person (and Pete's awesome playing) at your nearest upcoming Moonalice gig. He's touring with it. They are a cool band; quite festive in a semi-laid back way. Rock on folks