Pinched guitar gives band a surprise gig'
PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010
THE search for a stolen guitar has landed a rock band a slot on BBC s Crimewatch. Old Geezers With Attitude, who are booked to play at the Ascot Arms, Central Avenue, Gravesend, on Saturday will be recorded live as the appeal to find the £700 instrument
THE search for a stolen guitar has landed a rock band a slot on BBC's Crimewatch.
Old Geezers With Attitude, who are booked to play at the Ascot Arms, Central Avenue, Gravesend, on Saturday will be recorded live as the appeal to find the £700 instrument goes national.
Lead guitarist David Corcoran, 59, from Strood, began the search days after his vintage tobacco sunburst Les Paul was stolen from the back of the band's van following a gig in Sittingbourne in February.
A facebook group Find Dave's Nicked Guitar was set up, the band members trawled eBay and other exchange websites and the story was even used as an example in a van insurance advert for Swinton, with no success.
Then last week Mr Corcoran was contacted to say the Crimewatch Roadshow was interested in the story and would be interviewing them for the show.
He said: "We've had stuff up on YouTube before but we've never gone out on the TV. Of course the live performance will only take up a small part of the show but it is great coverage for the band - it almost makes the theft worthwhile. The offer came completely out of the blue."
The instrument is recognisable for flaws on the back where it fell from a stand and a repaired fingerboard.
But despite the support of Crimewatch, Mr Corcoran is not holding much hope of recovering his instrument.
He added: "Honestly I think it is quite unlikely. We went some way to driving it underground with all our activity and I imagine it is stuffed away in someone's loft.
"The guy at Crimewatch was pretty optimistic though, pointing out someone who brought it, unaware it was stolen, may come forward. So I can always hope."
Old Geezers With Attitude are due to perform at the Ascot Arms from 9pm on Saturday.