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When I was doing the live Grammy performance with Nelly Furtado, I was play electric guitar and she would sing. It was just the two of us. The Grammy’s move very fast when you are an artist in the background and the stages change quick and relatively seamlessly. I was a little concerned with what might happen if I broke a string or if the amp didn’t work so I decided to bring this acoustic with me just in case. When I was standing in the back ready to go on and had my electric guitar on, nothing was coming out of the amp that was buried in the back of the stage with a mic on it. I was given the one minute warning, nothing was happening, then 45 seconds, and 30 seconds and when we had just 15 seconds left before we were to walk out onto the stage, my guitar still wasn’t working. At that moment I told Nelly, “I think I want to play this on the acoustic guitar”. She of course was mortified that I would make a decision like that with 15 seconds left to go, but there still wasn’t anything coming out of my amp. I made my way to this acoustic guitar that was standing leaning up against a backdrop. As I was reaching for it, the scenery changed and down came this huge divider right on top of the acoustic guitar. All I heard was ‘Crunch’! And then a voice that said to me… “Your on in 3…. 2…. 1…..
As I was walking out to the stage my guitar was still not working. That’s when I saw out of the corner of my eye, Thomas Nordegg, my guitar tech. He was running out of the bathroom and to the amp where he flipped the standby on. I stood out in front of the audience and strummed the first chord and Vwala! There you have it. That was a close call, but this acoustic guitar bears the scars of the Grammy extravaganza.