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5th January 2017

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Burglars who broke into the J Levine Auction House in Scottsdale, Arizona just hours before it was due to host a New Year's Day auction, their largest of the year, missed out on a major prized possession.

The hapless criminals smashed the front door to the auction house and made off with guns and jewellery worth $225,000 but left behind a small guitar amplifier and pedal that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix.

And it wasn't just any old pedal either - it was Jimi's wah-wah pedal which had been consigned to auction by owner Dave Weyer who custom built it for Jimi just before his famous Woodstock concert.

The wah-wah pedal is a priceless part of rock history and was expected to fetch up to $100,000 at the auction.

Weyer said in a phone interview with ABC15:

"Of course he loved it because he loved every kind of gizmo that became available that might tailor or improve his sound."

jimi hendrix

Weyer met Hendrix back in the 1960s when the iconic guitarist was looking for someone who could repair and improve his amplifiers.

The 'Amp Doctor' asked Hendrix later how all of the equipment he had developed performed at Woodstock, and Hendrix responded: "Groovy."

"I repaired the pedal again in 1970 after many concerts, fully intending to re-gift it back to him, but it all ended when he died in the September," Weyer said.

"It was a very positive and uplifting experience to work for Jimi. He was like a shaman, a medicine man, a preacher. He was actually deeply spiritual.

"I was like, 'You've got to be kidding," said Weyer of his reaction upon discovering what the pedal could fetch on the open market.

"It's hard to find a place to fence the pedal because there's only one of them and everyone would know."

The auction has now been re-scheduled for January 15th and Weyer is hoping an institution or museum will be the winning bidder.

"Then we can put this pedal someplace where it can continue to please people," Weyer said.

The starting bids for both the amp and pedal are $25,000 and so far there have been no bids but a bid of $2,500 has been made on the prototype West Coast 3 transistors Fuzz that Weyer developed for Jimi to use live. He passed away before the project was finished.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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