British Airways Flying Start Charity Guitar
Stagebeat donated this amazing Vintage guitar, and with Danny Burrell from British Airways Flying Start charity, the guitar has travelled around the world being signed by these world famous guitar players:
Jimmy Page | Brian May | Steve Cropper | Scotty Moore | Ronnie Wood | Mick Taylor | Noel Gallagher |
Paul Weller | Mark Knopfler | Joe Satriani | Bryan Adams | Duane Eddy | Kelly Jones
British Airways Flying Start Charity
On Fri 16/11/2012 at Wentworth Golf Club a special British Airways Flying Start charity event was held, with performances from Gary Barlow, John Culshaw and other celebrities and hosted by Gaby Logan. The Stagebeat charity guitar, signed by 13 greats of the guitar world, raised an incredible £16,000 pounds.
Flying Start, the British Airways Charity Partnership with Comic Relief, is helping thousands of vulnerable people with unimaginably difficult lives both in the UK and overseas.
To help with the charity fund raising, Stagebeat donated a special all white Vintage VRS100 guitar and Danny Burrell, the Flying Start ambassador, had the guitar signed by famous musicians all over the world.
The Stagebeat charity guitar raised an amazing £16,000 pounds for charity. Follow the progress of this charity guitar as it travelled around the world, being signed by famous some of the most famous and iconic guitar players.
The first signature on the Vintage guitar was from the incredible guitar player and songwriter Mark Knopfler. His work with Dire Straits and solo have earned him fans all over the world, and the respect of his fellow musicians. Danny left the guitar with Mark's management who arranged for it to be signed by Mark Knopfler and then returned to Danny.
Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a Scottish-born British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler went on to record and produce six solo albums, he composed and produced film scores for eight films and has recorded and performed with Phil Lynott, Chet Atkins, The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, and Van Morrison.
Knopfler is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era, was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date and he is a four-time Grammy Award winner.
Friday 9th December 2011
Danny met with Bryan Adams at Bryan's office opposite his house.
Bryan Adams, OC, OBC (born Bryan Guy Adams, 5 November 1959) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer. For his contributions to music, Adams has many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, and American Music awards. In addition, he has won two Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated for several Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.
Late December 2011
Danny dropped off the guitar at Brian May's house and picked it up again in January 2012.
Brian Harold May, CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician and astrophysicist most widely known as the guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer of the rock band Queen. As a guitarist he uses his home-built guitar, "Red Special", and has composed hits such as "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You" and "Fat Bottomed Girls".
He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for "services to the music industry and his charity work". May earned a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007 and is currently the Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. May currently resides in Surrey.
In 2005, a Planet Rock poll saw May voted the 7th greatest guitarist of all time. He was ranked at No. 26 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Friday 20th January 2012
Danny met Joe Satriani at Heathrow airport, London. It took a long time to organise a security pass to get through, and Joe Satriani was with Sammy Hagar. They had just finished a tour together as Chickenfoot and the band and family members were all at the airport and saying goodbyes as they flew back to different cities. Joe and Sammy were really great.
Joseph "Joe" Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and multiple Grammy Award nominee. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, and some of his former students include Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan and Alex Skolnick.
In 1988, Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as lead guitarist for Jagger's first solo tour. In 1994, Satriani was the lead guitarist for Deep Purple. Satriani worked with a range of guitarists, including Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Larry LaLonde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May, Patrick Rondat, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Legg, and Robert Fripp through the annual G3 Jam Concerts. He is currently the lead guitarist for the supergroup Chickenfoot. Since 1988, Satriani has been using his own signature guitar, the Ibanez JS Series.
Friday 20th January 2012
Danny met Paul Weller at his studio. Paul was relaxed and easy going and played the guitar before signing it.
Paul Weller (born 25 May 1958) is an English singer-songwriter. Starting with the band The Jam (1972–1982), Weller then went on to branch out musically to a more soulful style with The Style Council (1983–1989). In 1991 he established himself as a successful solo artist, and continues to remain a respected singer, lyricist and guitarist.
Despite widespread critical recognition, Weller has remained a national rather than an international star, and much of his songwriting is rooted in English culture. He is also the principal figure of the 1970s and 80s mod revival and is often referred to as the Modfather.
Wednesday 29th February 2012
Noel Gallagher was appearing at the NME Awards at the Brixton Academy. Security was tight but Noel took the time to sign the guitar.
Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born 29 May 1967) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, formerly the lead guitarist, lead and backing vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band Oasis. He is currently fronting his solo project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Raised in Burnage, Manchester with his brother Liam, Noel began learning guitar at the age of thirteen. After a series of odd jobs in construction, he worked for local Manchester band Inspiral Carpets as a roadie and technician in 1988. Whilst touring with them, he learned that Liam had formed a band of his own, known as The Rain, which eventually took on the name Oasis. After Gallagher returned to England, he was invited by his brother to join Oasis as songwriter and guitarist.
Saturday 10th March 2012
Danny went to Scotty's home outside Nashville, Tennessee, deep in the countryside. He is now 80, but spent time showing us around his home, which was used as a recording studio for a long time. He showed us all of the rare Elvis memorabilia he owns, in addition to all of his awards. His most treasured items are pictures of his friends and he on the wall. He does not class himself as famous, even though he is the one who auditioned Elvis with his band and then played guitar for Elvis for many years after.
After two hours we left to head back to the hotel to meet Duane Eddy.
Winfield Scott "Scotty" Moore III (born December 27, 1931) is an American guitarist. He is best known for his backing of Elvis Presley in the first part of his career, between 1954 and the beginning of Elvis' Hollywood years. He was ranked twenty-ninth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011.
Saturday 10th March 2012
After meeting Scotty Moore, the next appointment was with Duane Eddy, who came to Danny's hotel to sign the guitar. His wife and he were great, but in a rush, so we only spent 20 minutes or so, but they were so down to earth and friendly.
Duane Eddy (born April 26, 1938) is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a string of hit records, produced by Lee Hazlewood, which were noted for their characteristically "twangy" sound, including "Rebel Rouser", "Peter Gunn", and "Because They're Young". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994
Monday 12th March 2012
We met Steve Cropper in our hotel and spent an hour over coffee speaking of his life, how he learnt guitar, and what his plans are for this year. He wrote Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay which gave Otis Redding his break, and Steve also wrote and played on many huge hits that have become standards, including Midnight Hour, Knock on Wood, and he was in the Blues Brothers movie and band. Again, as with the others, he was just amazingly down to earth, and one of the friendliest people I have met.
Steve Cropper (born Steven Lee Cropper, October 21, 1941, Dora, Missouri), also known as Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and has backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor, also acting as producer on many of these records. He later gained fame as a member of the Blues Brothers band. Rolling Stone lists him 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Mojo ranks Cropper as the second-best guitarist ever.
Steve gave us something extra as he is very into helping charities. He produced an A3 sized drawing of San Francisco Bay, drawn by himself with the lyrics of Sittin on the Dock of the Bay hand written again by himself. He has been commissioned to draw 50, and we have number 3.
The last one auctioned for $2,000, so this should be a great help to our British Airways Flying Start Charity.
Tuesday 3rd April 2012
Danny and Moss Hills met Jimmy Page at his office in London. He was so friendly and genuine and was really keen to help with the charity and sign the guitar. We discussed all of the signatures already on the guitar and when it came time to sign, Jimmy asked Moss if he could sign next to Scotty Moore. Two legends, Scotty with Elvis and Jimmy with Led Zeppelin and now side by side on the British Airways charity guitar.
James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, is an English guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. He began his career as a studio session guitarist in London and was subsequently a member of The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968, after which he founded the English rock band Led Zeppelin.
Jimmy Page is viewed by critics, fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the most influential and important guitarists and songwriters in rock music. Rolling Stone magazine has described him as "the pontiff of power riffing & probably the most digitally sampled artist in pop today after James Brown." In 2010, Jimmy Page was ranked No.2 in Gibson's list of "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time" and, in 2007, No.4 on Classic Rock Magazine's "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes". Page was ranked third in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; once as a member of The Yardbirds (1992), and once as a member of Led Zeppelin (1995).