File this under “Really cool crap I should have posted last week”:
Cherie Currie and son Jake Hays with The Runaways guitar by artist Sonia Lopez-Chavez. From LA Weekly Blogs.
On August 12, Cherie Currie and her son, Jake, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Gibson’s GuitarTown on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, “which features 26 10-foot-tall Les Paul guitar sculptures…each celebrating a rock god or music moment from the Strip’s colorful history. … The Doors, Motley Crue, Jimi Hendrix, The Roxy’s Lou Adler, Slash, Cheech & Chong and The Runaways (see above) are just a few of the bands and personalities paid tribute in these unique axes, each one by a local artist.” (Source — emphasis added by me)
The guitars will be on display to the public for six months and will then be auctioned off for charity. Gibson has done GuitarTown exhibits in other cities, like Nashville, Austin, and Orlando. The Nashville GuitarTown, for example, ended in February 2006 and raised over $400,000 for local Nashville charities.
Click HERE to watch a video about the project from NBC; they mention The Runaways’ guitar. They won’t let me embed it here. 😦
Read more from Gibson HERE, and read about the artist that designed The Runaways guitar HERE. See more photos of the guitars HERE.
Gibson is also going to produce a commemorative catalog containing photographs of the guitars and detailing the careers of the artists and musicians involved in the project. Keep an eye out for it HERE.
According to that NBC video I linked above, the guitars will be moved around to different locations during the lifespan of the exhibit, so there’s no map showing where The Runaways’ guitar is. If you know where it is now, let us know! I did find a walking map that someone scanned HERE, but it doesn’t show which guitar is at which location.