As many people know, Jim is a huge music fan and gear head. He has acquired some of the most impressive and significant celebrity owned instruments in rock history, including but not limited to:
Ringo Starr's 1963 Ludwig Black Oyster Downbeat drum kit,
The Beatles bass drum head from their first Ed Sullivan show performance,
John Lennon's 1964 red Rickenbacker 1996 guitar.
1963 orange Gretsch 6120 guitar.
Vox prototype guitar.
George Harrison's 1964 GIbson SG guitar.
George Harrison's Harptone acoustic 12-string guitar.
So, the next email I get from my scouse friend, Kenny, has him sitting on Ringo's drum set with a huge smile on his face, and the caption was: 'Not bad for a kid from Liverpool to finally be sitting behind Ringo's Drums!!!'
Of course, I'm blown away and fired back: 'LUCY…you got some 'splainin' to do!!!' In the following phone calls I found out about all the instruments in Irsay's collection and Kenny said he could set up a tour for us the next time we were in Indy.
On February 17th, 2017 we had a sold out show at The Palladium on the north side of Indianapolis. True to his word, Kenny set us up with Chris McKinney, who is in charge of the Irsay guitar collection and we toured the facility on the afternoon of our performance.