Pat DiNizio (Smithereens) : Guitars and Memorabilia
Pat gave me two of his most famous and photographed guitars when he came to Houston to play a couple of private concerts for my company and family in November 2004.
Orange 1990 Gretsch "Rancher" model # 6022 acoustic guitar. (ser. # 898022-18). Pat bought this guitar in 1990 (see receipt below) and played it on the albums "Blow Up", "A Date With The Smithereens," "God Save The Smithereens," and his solo release "Songs and Sounds." The guitar is mentioned and pictured in the liner notes of "Songs and Sounds."
Pat used the "Rancher" on Smithereens tours from 1990-2004, and on his solo tours from 1997-2004. He played this guitar in the video "Yesterday Girl" that was filmed in the south of France in 1990.
My November 2004 Concerts
Misc. Images of the Rancher *
Black & white 1986 Rickenbacker 350 "John Lennon" style guitar. (ser. # L 25481). This is Pat's original Rickenbacker used to record the Smithereens albums "Green Thoughts" and "11", and his solo album "Songs and Sounds." Pat used this guitar nightly on the Smithereen's first two tours. Pat said that he always used this as his back up tour guitar in the later years.
Pat plays this guitar in two videos: "Blues Before and After" and "Drown In My Own Tears." (He even holds the guitar by the strings with his teeth in the "Drown" video.) The guitar is mentioned in the liner notes of "Songs and Sounds" and appears in two photos in the booklet inside the "Attack of the Smithereens" CD.
Misc. Images of the Rickenbacker *
1986 Fender Stratocaster. (ser.# V018457) (I got this one from Pat in Dec. 2004)
Pat DiNizio's words about this guitar:
"Although the wonderful Rickenbacker Electric & the Gretsch Rancher Acoustic you now possess were both highly visible, very important guitars in terms of the history of live and recorded The Smithereens, I truly consider the Fender Jazzmaster and the Fender Stratocaster to be the "Holy Grail" of all Smithereens guitars (with the exception of Jimmy Babjak's Red Rickenbacker, of course!), and let me explain why.
My original Fender Stratocaster probably has even greater & more
important significance in terms of the history of the band, Patrick. As I
mentioned during the weekend, it was purchased at Matt Umanov's guitar
shop in Greenwich Village in NYC in mid-to-late 1986, and while used at
times on the "Especially" tour, has been my main guitar both live on tour
and "in-studio" with The Smithereens since the recording of the "Green
Thoughts" album in 1987. With the exception of half the guitar solo
(Jimmy), it is the one & only guitar featured on the studio recording of
"Only A Memory", "Spellbound", "House We Used To Live In", and many other
tracks from that LP (Jimmy had a severe mental block, so I was forced to
do virtually all of the guitar work on that album, believe it or not!). I
wrote all of the songs for "Green Thoughts" & recorded all the song demos
for that album with this Stratocaster, and used it along with the
Rickenbacker you now own as one of the two guitars featured on the
sold-out "Green Thoughts" tour. It was also the main guitar used during
the recording of the "Smithereens Eleven" album, the only guitar used live
during the 15-month tour in support of that album, and also was the
primary studio guitar used to record the song "A Girl Like You" (we used
the Rickenbackers in the videos exclusively, but they weren't the primary
studio guitars used) and was used on all the tracks of that album. It was
used and featured on national TV when we appeared on "Saturday Night
Live", "Arsenio Hall", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and many, many
other television shows. It was also used
Misc. Images of the Strat *
1961 Fender Jazzmaster. (ser.# 79156) (My brother, Mike, got this guitar from Pat in Dec. 2004)
Pat DiNizio's words about this guitar:
"Although the wonderful
Rickenbacker Electric & the Gretsch Rancher Acoustic you now possess were
both highly visible, very important guitars in terms of the history of
live and recorded The Smithereens, I truly consider the Fender Jazzmaster
and the Fender Stratocaster to be the "Holy Grail" of all Smithereens
guitars (with the exception of Jimmy Babjak's Red Rickenbacker, of
course!), and let me explain why.
Misc. Images of the Jazzmaster *
Pat gave me his custom made leather jacket that he wore in every concert during the early years of the Smithereens. (Perfect fit!) Pat also brought the alpine hat that he wore in the "Yesterday Girl" video and on the Smithereens "11" tour. He bought the hat in Germany.
Pat's boots from his first two tours. His personal "11" tour varsity style jacket and cap. After Pat's show at my company, he signed his banner and a new guitar to hang on the wall there.
Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens played two private concerts for us in November 2004.
|* Thanks to Pat DiNizio, Dave Persails (Dave's Smithereens Page), Clarence Persails, Rich Firestone, Dave Strehle, Frank McGuire, Todd Sinclair, Doug Locke, Michael Campbell, Teleburst & Jeff Myers for their live photos of the guitars!|