Published Feb 23, 2010Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was playing a gig at King's Cross, London venue the Scala in 2000 when his 1964 cherry red Gibson SG was taken from the backstage area. Besides all the sweet reverence attached to one's very own Gibson SG, the thing cost him 30,000 British pounds (about $49,000 Canadian). So it must have been pretty sweet when ten years later, after being tipped off, police found the guitar in sitting in the living room of a one of Marr's fans.
As the BBC reports, 38-year-old Marr fan Stephen White appeared in a London court this week, where he admitted he was mixing anti-depressants and alcohol at the time of the theft. He also expressed his remorse for having stolen the instrument: "There's a victim here. I can't reconcile myself with the behaviour of that night," he stated.
According to his Marr's publicist, he is "ecstatic" to have his guitar back, and upon learning that it was a fan who stole the guitar rather than a professional thief, decided to press no further charges.
White was sentenced to 200 hours of community service.