Phil Thornton gear nicked – 1978


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey……Came across this cutting as I was sorting through some stuff in the loft….from the Observer July 8th, 1978 (My Birthday! 🙂 )

Andy Qunta…..Hope Phil got all his gear back!

Phil Thornton……no ! never saw the Elka or my HH amp again ! – I was lucky that the guy tried to sell the rest to our roadie though ! he had to lay down £100 deposit to get the guy to come back and of course we had the law waiting for him when he did ! ( Quick thinking Steve !)

Andy Qunta……Sorry about the Elka & HH amp, Phil! Had my Mini-Moog stolen in 1982, & still haven’t got over it! I’m sure you feel the same way!

Phil Thornton…..that would have made me cry ! – I seem to recall it was a very nice one ! (the oscillators made that great phasing sound when tuned together that only some mini’s can do !) The band all clubbed together to replace the Elka, amp and double neck guitar ! we carried on with out the glockenspiel !

David Miller….Ah yes, I remember that night…walking around somewhat inebriated after the show trying to remember where we’d parked the van until we came to understand that someone had very kindly decided to take it and park it somewhere else for us, just as a favour, you see. One good thing that came of this plunderous event was that my ‘customised’ white doubleneck ( a piece of junk) was, happily, stolen and never seen again, thank the stars…! I don’t remember us ever having a glockenspiel but I do remember a bell-tree, however…

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