LIC music curator Gus Rodriguez was delighted this week to open the first consignment of sound gear to be donated to LIC Bar by British rock band “The Who” following the destruction of the bar’s equipment in the flooding from hurricane Sandy. LIC Bar’s cellar was flooded to a depth of 8 feet on the night of the highest tides, destroying bar stock, office equipment, appliances etc; and also sound and musical equipment stored there for the bar’s regular music nights. Drums, a keyboards and PA gear were lost and the bar has relied on borrowed equipment for its four-nights-a-week shows whilst trying to raise funds for replacements. Gus is looking forward to receiving a new Peavey PA system in the next consignment of gear and described how the gift came to be made:
“LIC Bar regular patron and music lover Robert Basch heard about what happened in the hurricane, was going to their concert in Brooklyn and had this idea to reach out to The Who and tell them of our plight, wondering if they might take time to put on a show here. Doggone it, he got through to them and was told that, although they couldn’t do a show they would do the next best thing and donate replacement gear. Today’s delivery is proof of the band’s generosity. Although we still hope that Roger Daltrey or Pete Townshend might still show up we can’t bank on it; although this is New York and strange things do happen!”
As a band that started in the pubs of North London and progressed to the stages of the world The Who have shown that they still respect venues like LIC Bar, from which new music will be generated and stars will be born.
The Who are no strangers to lost and damaged equipment. As leader of an aggressive and exciting band in the 1960s and 70s guitarist Pete Townshend would regularly smash his guitar and amplifier; and their drummer, the late Keith Moon, placed fireworks in his kit to create explosive endings to the band’s stage shows. The band is older now, with two of the original members no longer with us; so their offer of new equipment to a little bar in Long Island City came as a welcome gesture, glowing with wonderful irony.
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