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Nickdfresh
01-05-2010, 06:37 PM
Sly broke neck filming fight scenes

(UKPA) – 1 hour ago

Hollywood hardman Sylvester Stallone has said the fight scenes in his new movie were so realistic that he broke his neck during filming.

Stallone stars in upcoming action film The Expendables, which boasts some of the acting world's biggest tough guys, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and British actor Jason Statham.

The 63-year-old said a fight scene with wrestling star Stone Cold Steve Austin became so "vicious" that he needed an operation for a hairline fracture and had a metal plate inserted in his neck.

Stallone, a writer and director on the testosterone-charged movie, told this month's FHM Magazine: "Man, it was seven guys, kicking each other's ass, one guy tougher than the next. No joke, our stunt guys were begging for mercy.

"Actually, my fight with Stone Cold Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. I'm not joking. I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards.

"I now have a metal plate in my neck."

The film centres around a team of mercenaries who embark on a mission to overthrow a dictator. It also features actress Brittany Murphy, who died last month after collapsing at home.

Stallone previously starred with Lundgren in Rocky IV - when he also suffered similar injuries.

He told the magazine: "Dolph Lundgren and I always went for it. I gave him orders to try to knock me out while the cameras were rolling. At one point, he hit me so hard on the top of the head I felt my spine compress. He then hit me with an almighty uppercut.

"That night my chest and heart started to swell, and I had to be helicopter-ambulanced from my hotel to a nearby emergency room. I was told that Dolph had punched my rib cage into my chest, compressing my heart. If it had swollen any more, I would have died. After that, I was like, 'Dolph, it's only a movie, bro...'"

The Press Association: Sly broke neck filming fight scenes (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jsJvoofvGUFG-KYXaB-QSP4evs7A)

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Dan
01-05-2010, 06:57 PM
Bottom Line Is,"Dont Fuck With Stone Cold Steve Austin".:D

Golden AWe
01-05-2010, 08:27 PM
Break a leg!

Break a neck!

chefcraig
01-05-2010, 08:38 PM
Chuck Norris could sweep the floor with all of these so-called bad asses, without breaking a sweat. Mr. Norris offers these words of encouragement to Mr. Stallone...

http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1474/chucknorris6.gif (http://img683.imageshack.us/i/chucknorris6.gif/)

ThrillsNSpills
01-05-2010, 08:57 PM
That's why they call it acting.

So they can destroy each other.

bueno bob
01-05-2010, 10:31 PM
I get the feeling that The Expendables is going to be the coolest thing I've seen in a while. With a cast like that and based on how really awesome Rocky Balboa and Rambo were? I expect GREAT things. Who'd have though Stallone would have hit such a high mark into his 60s?

Dan
01-05-2010, 10:53 PM
The Expendables - Trailer (HQ)

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Hardrock69
01-06-2010, 02:42 AM
I suggested this 10 years ago...that they needed to create a movie with all the biggest names in Action Hero history, and have them fight every bad person/entity you can imagine.

The "Bad Guys" could be currently: Al-Qaida, The Taliban, North Korea, Iran, Dick Cheney, George Bush, and the son of Ernst Blofeld with a minor supporting role of "chauffer" played by Muammar Gaddafi. :biggrin:

Jason Statham? Who the fuck is that? They got some nobody to be in the film as one of the greatest action heroes of all time? Who is the idiot that came up with that idea?

Blackflag
01-06-2010, 04:27 AM
With a cast like that and based on how really awesome Rocky Balboa and Rambo were?

Those last two movies were the best movies this cocksucker has ever made.

Seshmeister
01-06-2010, 08:55 AM
Do people really think that?

He could hardly even get Rambo distributed over here because people thought it was so shit. I saw Balboa and it was ok, fucking brilliant compared to the last 2 Rocky films though...

When you look at his list of work there are a huge number of turkeys. For me his best by a mile was Cop Land. First Blood and Rocky were quite good and some of their sequels were good kids entertainment but there isn't much else. Cliffhanger was a decent thriller.


# Rambo (2008) .... John Rambo
... aka John Rambo (Germany) (USA: working title)
... aka Rambo 4 (India: English title) (Singapore: English title)
... aka Rambo 4: John Rambo (Singapore: English title)
# Rocky Balboa (2006) .... Rocky Balboa
# "Las Vegas" .... Frank the Repairman (2 episodes, 2005)
- To Protect and Serve Manicotti (2005) TV episode .... Frank the Repairman
- When You Got to Go, You Got to Go (2005) TV episode .... Frank the Repairman
# Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) .... Toymaker
... aka Spy Kids 3: Game Over (USA: video title)
# Shade (2003/I) .... Dean 'The Dean' Stevens
# Taxi 3 (2003) (uncredited) .... Passenger to Airport
# Avenging Angelo (2002) .... Frankie Delano
... aka Mafia Love (France)
# D-Tox (2002) .... Jake Malloy
... aka D-Tox (Australia)
... aka D-Tox - Im Auge der Angst (Germany)
... aka Eye See You (USA: video title)
# "Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776" .... Paul Revere (1 episode, 2002)
- Midnight Ride (2002) TV episode (voice) .... Paul Revere
# Driven (2001) .... Joe Tanto
... aka À toute vitesse (Canada: French title)
# Get Carter (2000) .... Jack Carter

# Antz (1998) (voice) .... Weaver
# Cop Land (1997) .... Freddy Heflin
# The Good Life (1997) .... Boss
# Daylight (1996) .... Kit Latura
# Assassins (1995) .... Robert Rath
... aka Assassins (France)
... aka Day of Reckoning
# Judge Dredd (1995) .... Judge Dredd
# The Specialist (1994) .... Ray Quick
... aka El especialista (Peru)
# Demolition Man (1993) .... John Spartan
# Cliffhanger (1993) .... Gabe Walker
... aka Cliffhanger - l'ultima sfida (Italy)
... aka Cliffhanger, traque au sommet (France)
# Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) .... Sgt. Joe Bomowski
# Oscar (1991) .... Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone
# Rocky V (1990) .... Rocky Balboa

# Tango & Cash (1989) .... Lt. Raymond Tango
# Lock Up (1989) .... Frank Leone
# Rambo III (1988) .... Rambo
... aka Rambo: First Blood Part III (Malaysia: English title)
# Over the Top (1987) .... Lincoln Hawk
... aka Meet Me Half Way (USA: alternative title)
# Cobra (1986) .... Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti
# Rocky IV (1985) .... Rocky Balboa
# Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) .... John J. Rambo
... aka First Blood Part II (Australia: TV title)
# Rhinestone (1984) .... Nick Martinelli
# Staying Alive (1983) (uncredited) .... Man on Street
# First Blood (1982) .... John J. Rambo
... aka Rambo (USA: TV title)
... aka Rambo: First Blood
# Rocky III (1982) .... Rocky Balboa
# Victory (1981) .... Captain Robert Hatch
... aka Escape to Victory (UK)
# Nighthawks (1981) .... Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva
... aka Night Hawks (USA)

# Rocky II (1979) .... Rocky Balboa
# Paradise Alley (1978) .... Cosmo Carboni
# F.I.S.T (1978) .... Johnny Kovak
# Rocky (1976) .... Rocky Balboa
# Cannonball! (1976) (uncredited) .... Mafioso
... aka Carquake (UK)
# "Kojak" .... Detective Rick Daly (1 episode, 1975)
- My Brother, My Enemy (1975) TV episode .... Detective Rick Daly
# "Police Story" .... Caddo (1 episode, 1975)
- The Cutting Edge (1975) TV episode .... Caddo
# Farewell, My Lovely (1975) .... Jonnie
# Mandingo (1975) (scenes deleted) .... Young Man in Crowd
# Death Race 2000 (1975) .... Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
# Capone (1975) .... Frank Nitti
# The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) .... Youth in Park
# The Lord's of Flatbush (1974) .... Stanley Rosiello
... aka The Lords of Flatbush (USA: poster title)
# Klute (1971) (uncredited) .... Discotheque Patron
# Bananas (1971) (uncredited) .... Subway Thug #1
# No Place to Hide (1970) .... Jerry Savage
... aka Rebel (USA: reissue title (video title))
# The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970) .... Stud
... aka Italian Stallion (USA: reissue title)

binnie
01-06-2010, 12:35 PM
Jason Statham? Who the fuck is that? They got some nobody to be in the film as one of the greatest action heroes of all time? Who is the idiot that came up with that idea?

He was in the 'Transporter' movies...

bueno bob
01-06-2010, 12:35 PM
I very much enjoyed the last Rambo. Gritty, dirty, ugly, brutal, gory and a perfect representation of the fucking shithole that is known as Burma...and on top of that, the action and the portrayal of the Rambo character were actually realistic. Best Rambo movie first First Blood.

thome
01-06-2010, 12:55 PM
Well, I am pissed!! Jenna Jameson is the greatest action hero in the last 30 years.

U fukk'n Homos!
:biggrin:

BITEYOASS
01-06-2010, 01:10 PM
I am most DEFINITELY seeing this movie! My wife probably wouldn't. :D

Plus that crazy mofo from "White Chicks" will be in the film:

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TAKIN WHISKEY
01-06-2010, 02:17 PM
This movie looks kick ass.

Nickdfresh
01-06-2010, 03:21 PM
He was in the 'Transporter' movies...

He was also in The Italian Job.

binnie
01-06-2010, 04:35 PM
I very much enjoyed the last Rambo. Gritty, dirty, ugly, brutal, gory and a perfect representation of the fucking shithole that is known as Burma...and on top of that, the action and the portrayal of the Rambo character were actually realistic. Best Rambo movie first First Blood.

I agree entirely. Rocky Balboa was a really good movie, IMO. Under-stated and pretty powerful in places....

Dan
01-06-2010, 05:30 PM
Jason Statham Is A Great Actor.:D

Kristy
01-06-2010, 06:14 PM
I very much enjoyed the last Rambo. Gritty, dirty, ugly, brutal, gory and a perfect representation of the fucking shithole that is known as Burma...and on top of that, the action and the portrayal of the Rambo character were actually realistic. Best Rambo movie first First Blood.

He signed up to do one more for around a $40 million payoff upfront. The last Rambo I actually enjoyed simply because it was the most brutal film he ever did AND where he pretty much shut up and let the CGI do most of the talking for him. But I'll agree that a high majority of his films are duds. Stone seems so lost in his movies trying to be somewhere a "serious Shakespearean actor" and a second-rate Steven Segul.

Dan
01-06-2010, 06:42 PM
What?

Coyote
01-06-2010, 07:35 PM
This movie has potential to be EPIC!

Dan
01-06-2010, 11:16 PM
What?

sonrisa salvaje
01-07-2010, 03:13 PM
Jason Statham was also in War with Jet Li which was pretty cool. Another good Statham flick was The Bank Job. If you didn't see that one you need to catch it.
I agree about Rambo being good. What a brutal, bloody movie that was.

I heard Stallone actually offered Jean Clod Van Dummy a part as well but he turned it down. Guess he and Steven Segal are too busy filming straight to dvd masterpeaces.

chefcraig
01-07-2010, 03:28 PM
I heard Stallone actually offered Jean Clod Van Dummy a part as well but he turned it down. Guess he and Steven Segal are too busy filming straight to dvd masterpeaces.

Seagal has a reality tv show in which he's a police officer in Louisiana. I'm not kidding! Steven Seagal: Lawman (http://www.aetv.com/steven-seagal-lawman/)

kwame k
01-07-2010, 04:19 PM
Seagal has a reality tv show in which he's a police officer in Louisiana. I'm not kidding! Steven Seagal: Lawman (http://www.aetv.com/steven-seagal-lawman/)


Wow, just plain wow!

jacksmar
01-07-2010, 04:21 PM
I very much enjoyed the last Rambo. Gritty, dirty, ugly, brutal, gory and a perfect representation of the fucking shithole that is known as Burma...and on top of that, the action and the portrayal of the Rambo character were actually realistic. Best Rambo movie first First Blood.

Agreed.

And just a side note for all vampire movie fans, there ain't no such thing and if there were, Schoolboy would turn a vampire's head into a canoe.:biggrin:

Nickdfresh
01-07-2010, 09:02 PM
...
I heard Stallone actually offered Jean Clod Van Dummy a part as well but he turned it down...

Maybe the part was entitled "the fluffer?"

Baby's On Fire
01-13-2010, 10:21 PM
I suggested this 10 years ago...that they needed to create a movie with all the biggest names in Action Hero history, and have them fight every bad person/entity you can imagine.

The "Bad Guys" could be currently: Al-Qaida, The Taliban, North Korea, Iran, Dick Cheney, George Bush, and the son of Ernst Blofeld with a minor supporting role of "chauffer" played by Muammar Gaddafi. :biggrin:

Jason Statham? Who the fuck is that? They got some nobody to be in the film as one of the greatest action heroes of all time? Who is the idiot that came up with that idea?

Jason Statham is a fucking badass...Watch the Transporter movies, for example....He's fucking cool and makes great movies.

He's a bona fide martial arts expert...If you haven't seen the Bank Job do yourself a favour and rent it...Great fucking movie.

Seshmeister
01-13-2010, 11:39 PM
I heard the Transporter movies were very homoerotic.

Half naked men wrestling in oil and so forth.

It's very big in the gay community, I gave them a miss.

Baby's On Fire
01-13-2010, 11:42 PM
What the fuck are you talking about? There's nice pussy in all 3 of them.....is that homo enough for you?

Seshmeister
01-13-2010, 11:58 PM
You're joking right?

I think it's cool you are willing to explore your sexuality but it's just not my bag. :)

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http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2007/12/05/slick-




There’s something queer about Corey Yuen’s fight choreography in this scene from The Transporter (2002).

By “queer,” I primarily refer to this choreography’s counternormativity – its imaginative, unusual, and critical approaches to the action genre’s same-sex brawl – and the political readings that such slick moves make possible. Yuen’s inventive choice to add oil to the proceedings literally destabilizes this fight, and in so doing, upends conventional masculinity. Hard-men tumble and flail, gracelessly scrambling to adapt to a changed environment where muscle, swagger, and sheer numbers are no longer enough. Only Jason Statham’s character, Frank, has the wherewithal to think his way out of a rough situation: through the cunning use of footwear, his masculinity-with-a-difference ensures stability and victory.

Though most fights in the action genre rely on the exchange of punches and kicks from an asexual distance, Yuen’s choreography, which features prolonged touch and lingering bodily contact, further unsettles orthodox masculinity. Yuen refigures the physical relationship between combatants, and frequently choreographs Frank locked in an embrace with one assailant while he fights others. This, coupled with Frank’s code-of-honor refusal to simply kill those who get in his way, suggests a sort of queer intimacy or tenderness absent from most cinematic violence. The Transporter’s queer choreography is, of course, augmented by the homoerotic aspects of its mise en scène: Statham’s oil-slicked torso, the pulsing techno soundtrack common to gay porn, etc.

I contend, however, that though sometimes they intersect, queer fight choreography is something different than choreography that merely provides gay spectatorial pleasures. Fight choreography can offer more than just spectacle (or eye-candy) – it can contribute substantively to a film’s theme. Yuen’s innovative choreography repeatedly throws masculinity off-balance. I choose to read it as quietly subversive, especially in a PG-13 film aimed at a teenage boy audience. What kind of potential, I wonder, might queer fight choreography hold for films (like the X-Men series, for example) with more ambitious and explicit queer political agendas?

Seshmeister
01-14-2010, 12:05 AM
:)

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Baby's On Fire
01-14-2010, 12:10 AM
Sesh has just cum out of the pink closet!!!....Not surprising since Scot "men" wear skirts......

Only an obsessed homo would think faggotry while watching a movie....No worries Sesh...it's perfectly normal....:biggrin: You FAG

I'll leave you and your right hand alone now....Happy hunting

Seshmeister
01-14-2010, 12:29 AM
Quite a weak effort to wriggle out of this.

Maybe you need to cover yourself in baby oil? :D

Seshmeister
01-14-2010, 12:33 AM
'The Transporter,' gay action hero? | Hero Complex | Los Angeles Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2008/11/the-transporter.html)

from the LA Times...


'The Transporter,' gay action hero?

November 28, 2008 | 4:17 pm

Alas, the Transporter is gay no more.

In the trailer for “Transporter 3,” Jason Statham (in character as the tactiturn commando-turned-courier Frank Martin) is very clearly seen making out with sexy costar Natalya Rudakova –- a stunning development for anyone intimately acquainted with the car-chase-crazy, karate-tastic French-financed action franchise.

In 2005, Louis Leterrier, the director of “Transporter 2” (and also credited as "artistic director" of the first “Transporter”) told me he created a gay subtext for the character so as to avoid making a “Steven Seagal kind of movie.”

"If you watch the movie and you know he's gay, it becomes so much more fun," Leterrier said then. "It's so great -- the first gay action movie hero!” He continued: “Action fans in general are pretty homophobic. You see these tough guys who say, ' "The Transporter," that's such a great movie!’ If they only knew they're really cheering for a new kind of action hero.”

And to drive his point home, he mentioned a scene in “Transporter 2” in which a drug czar's wife, played by Amber Valletta, makes romantic overtures toward the Transporter. Martin rebuffs her, explaining, "It's because of who I am."

Letterrier's take on that? “That's him coming out!”

At the time, Jason Statham, who plays the Transporter, dismissed the director's claims.

“It’s just Lou-Lou trying to be funny,” Statham said, using his private nickname for Leterrier. “Although he did say, ‘In Part 2, you will become the gay icon.’”

I e-mailed Leterrier a few days ago to get his take on “Transporter 3” and director Olivier Megaton’s choice to make the character heterosexual. “Haha, I haven’t seen it. I can’t wait,” Leterrier wrote back. But wasn’t he just a little disappointed Megaton had changed the character’s sexual orientation? Leterrier seemed to back off the gay Transporter theme he embraced three years ago.

“I was sick over the weekend and my 2 Transporters were on, so I watched them and in fact they aren't that gay,” Leterrier wrote. “But it makes for fun movie legends.”

Seshmeister
01-14-2010, 12:34 AM
I win!

I'm the king!

:D

Hardrock69
01-14-2010, 02:04 AM
Thanks for the info on Jason. I have seen none of those films...guess I need to get caught up, eh?

I have been falling further and further behind on catching good movies, just due to the sheer number of them coming out. :(

Oh, and I have watched every episode of the Steven Seagal series.

I have a lot more respect for him these days. Kinda like Uncle Dave, he is actually doing something to give back to this world by helping people in need.

Golden AWe
01-14-2010, 02:44 AM
I heard the Transporter movies were very homoerotic.

Half naked men wrestling in oil and so forth.

It's very big in the gay community, I gave them a miss.

How about "300"? :)

binnie
01-14-2010, 04:41 AM
I heard the Transporter movies were very homoerotic.

Half naked men wrestling in oil and so forth.

It's very big in the gay community, I gave them a miss.

Didn't realize that you were such a homophobe. Oh, wait, I forgot, you're Scottish...... :D

Seshmeister
01-14-2010, 08:37 AM
From the clips I've seen its not just gay it's very stupid gay.

Like Brokeback Mountain if the story had been the same but without the shirt lifting I wouldn't have wanted to see it so why go and see it when it is? :)

Seshmeister
01-14-2010, 08:38 AM
Oh, and I have watched every episode of the Steven Seagal series.


I'd like to offer you my deepest condolences. :)

binnie
01-14-2010, 09:25 AM
From the clips I've seen its not just gay it's very stupid gay.

Like Brokeback Mountain if the story had been the same but without the shirt lifting I wouldn't have wanted to see it so why go and see it when it is? :)

A stupid action movie? I don't believe you :D

Hardrock69
01-14-2010, 11:07 AM
I'd like to offer you my deepest condolences. :)

Ha!

I usually am not into reality TV at all, much less stuff like this, but I tuned into the first one, and it is sorta entertaining.

I get tired of his self-important attitude sometimes, like his never-ending statements like "Being in martial-arts for over 40 years I know that blah blah blah, etc. etc.".

But, as I said, at least he is not just some rich Hollywood actor paying lip service to helping people. If you are a cop, you literally are putting your life on the line. Unlike Chuck Norris, who pretends to be a cop, Steven actually is one.

He is also a blues guitarist who happens to own all of Albert King's Gibson Flying Vs. :D

Webpage with a buncha photos:

Steven Seagal & Music (http://suzi-300.tripod.com/)

Article from January 2006 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine (Don't blame me for the caps...I just copied and pasted and I am not about to sit here and retype this whole fucking thing):

Guitar Collection Of Steven Seagal - Unofficial Steven Seagal Forums (http://www.steven-seagal.net/forum/showthread.php?t=7722)


WATCH THOSE HANDS – THEY’RE CAPABLE OF MANY SURPRISES. AS AN ACTION STAR AND MARTIAL ARTIST, STEVEN SEAGAL CAN DAZZLE AND DECIMATE WITH HIS PATENTED AIKIDO MOVES. THAT’S A GIVEN – AND PART OF POP CULTURE. FOR EDIFICATION, JUST CHECK OUT THE MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR GROSSING ACTION THRILLERS ABOVE THE LAW OR UNDER SIEGE. AS A GUITARIST, HE CAN WHIP OUT THE MEANEST, GRITTIEST BLUES FLICKS THIS SIDE OF CHICAGO OR MEMPHIS, LAY INTO A WIDE RANGER OF GROOVES FROM REGGAE AND FUNK TO MODERN ROCK AND WORLD BEAT, OR WAX MELODIOUS ON A TENDER SOUL BALLAD.

THAT’S WHAT YOU’LL HEAR ON SONGS FROM THE CRYSTAL CAVE, STEVEN SEAGAL’S NEW ALBUM. AS ANNASTUTE AND DEDICATED GUITAR COLLECTOR, SEGAL CAN SIMILARLY ASTONISH WHEN HE HANDS YOU INSTRUMENT AFTER INSTRUMENT FROM ONE OF THE FINEST AXE ARSENALS IN THE KNOWN WORLD-HIS. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HE DID ONE RECENT SUNNY AFTERNOON IN LOS ANGELES, WHEN HE INVITED VINTAGE GUITAR TO THE INNERT SANCTUM.

“THIS IS WOODY, STEVIE KAY VAUGHAN PUT THE WOODPECKER DECAL ON, PERSONALLY, AND IT’S GOT MODDY WATERS. ALBERT KING’S AND STEVIE’S SIGNATURES CARVED INTO THE BACK” SEAGAL SAYS AS THE GESTURES TO THE BATTLE-SCARRED GIBSON FIREBIRD FORMARLY OWNED BY SRV.

“B.B. GAVE ME A COUPLE OF GUITARS. THESE STILL HAVE HSI GUITARS. THESE STILL HIS SALT ON THEM AND I’M NEVER WIPING IT OFF”. HE PROCLAIMS, ACKNOWLEDGING THE COPIOUS STAINS ON THE EBONY SRFACES OF THE GIBSON LUCILLES . “THIS TELECASTER WAS OWNED BY MUDDY WATERS. IT MUST’VE BEEN S FAVORITE.” SEAGAL COMMENTS, WHILE CRADLING THE FAMILIAR METALLIC BLUE L-SERIES TELE WHICH WAS INVOLVED A THOUSAND MAJORS. “THIS IS ALBERT COLLINS” SECOND STAGE GUITAR.” HE CONTINUES, PULLING OUT THE ICONIC CUSTOM-MADE FENDER; ADDING A ZINGING FOOTNOTE: “BUT I’HE ALSO GOT HIS ORIGINAL (FENDER) QUAD REVERB AMP.”
PROVENANCE IS AN CLEARLY ATTIRIBUTE AND CARMARK OF THE SEAGAL COLLECTION. HIGHLIGHTS ABOUND, RANGING FROM THE CRIOUS AND OBSCURE TO THE SUBLIME AND TRANSCENDET. HE HAS A FENDER JAZZMASTER OWNED AND PLAYED BY JIMI (“YOU’LL NEVER HEAR SURF MUSIC AGAIN”) HENDRIX, A FENDER BROADCASTER FROM THE JOHN ENTWISTLE AXE MUSEUM, A PINK PAISLEY TELECASTER GIVEN TO HIM BY JAMES BURTON AND SMILEY BURNETTE’S PRE-WAR MARTIN D-45 (ONCE OWNED BY GENE AUTRY) AS WELL AS FREDDIE KING’S SOLD GIBSON ES-345 AND JOHN LEE HOOKER’S EPIPHONE SHERATON. BUT AT THE TOP OF THE HEAP IS WHAT SEAGAL CIONSIDERS THE “MOST IMPORTANT BLUES GUITAR IN HISTORY”.

“THIS IS ALBERT KING’S ORIGINAL “50’S KORINA [GIBSON] FLYING V. HE LOST THE GUITAR IN A POKER GAME DECADES AGO, AND NOW IT’S WITH ME. LOOK HERE AT THE RUBBED AREA IN THE WOOD OF THE BODY WHERE HE RESTED HIS HAND OVER THE YEARS,” SAYS SEAGAL, REFERRING IN REVERENTIAL TONES TO WHAT IS INARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND PRECIOUS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN HISTORY, PERIOD. TO UNDERSCORE THE OBVIOUS FOR THE UNINITIATED, ALBERT KING MADE HIS MOST FAMOUS GENRE-DEFINING RECORDINGS WITH THIS EMBLEMATIC INSTRUMENT. TRACKS LIKE “BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN”, “OH PRETTY WOMAN”, “CROSS CUT SAW” AND “BLUES POWER” WEREW CUT WITH THIS AXE IN THE STAX PERIOD.

HOW DID SEAGAL BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESPECTED AND ENVIED GUITAR COLLECTORS, AND HOW DOES HIS OBSESSION RELATE TO HIS PRESENT COURSE OF MUSIC MAKING? THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS AND MORE WERE REVEALED IN OUR INTERVIEW, HELD IN THE PRIVATE LAIR OF THE INSCRUTABLE AIKIDO MASTER AND UNABASHED GUITAR FANATIC. ALL THE WHILE, SEAGAL’S BANDMATE AND FELLOW GUITAR CONNOISSEUR, GUITARIST AL ANDERSON (OF BOB MARLEY FAME) PUNCTUATED THE PROCEEDINGS AS HE USHERED IN A PROCESSION OF BREATHTAKING VINTAGE BEAUTIES AND DETAILED THEIR SPECS AND IDIOSYNCRAISIES. IT WAS BUSY DAY IN THE SEAGAL COMPOUND !

VG- HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN THE GUITAR ?
SS- I STARTED PLAYING DRUMS WHEN I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD. WE LIVED IN HIGHLAND PARK, WAYNE, DEAR-BORN, ALL OVER MICHIGAN. I WAS 10 WHEN I WANTED TO TRY THE GUITAR, AND DECIDED BY THE TIME I WAS 11 OR 12 THAT IT WAS MY INSTRUMENT. I THINK MY FIRST GUITAR WAS AN OLD MACK SILVERTONE. I LATER MOVED ON TO A SUPRO, THEN A [FENDER] MUSTANG OR SOMETHING.

VG- WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SERIOUS GUITAR ?
SS- MY FIRST SERIOUS GUITAR WAS AN EARLY –‘60S STRATOCASTER THAT I GOT IN THE MID’60S. IN 1969 I SOLD EVERYTHING (BEFORE) I MOVED TO ASIA. OVER THERE, I HAD A COUPLE OF ELECTRICS AND A LITTLE AMP LIKE A FENDER CHAMP OR DELUXE.

VG- WHAT KINDS OF MUSIC WERE YOU INTERESTED IN BACK THEN ?
SS- AT THAT TIME IT WAS JUST BLUES. IN THE BEGINNING, I LISTENED TO LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS , MUDDY WATERS, HOWLIN’ WOLF, ALBERT KING, ALBERT COLLINS, T-BONE WALKER... THOSE WERE THE CATS I LIKED.

VG- HOW DID YOU DEVELOP AS A BLUES GUITARIST ?
SS- I WAS JUST LUCKY TO HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THE GREAT PLAYERS. I ALWAYS HAD IT MY BLOOD AND IN MY HEART, BUT IT CAME ABOUT GRADUALLY, IN DETROIT, CALIFORNIA, OR DOWN SOUTH. I GOT TO HANG OUT WITH A LOT OF THEM, AND BY WATCHING AND LISTENING IN PERSON, I WAS SCHOOLED. NOW IT’S PART OF ME. I CAN’T LEAVE THE BLUES; THAT’S WHERE I COME FROM. I’M DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE A BLUES ALBUM NEXT. IN FACT, I WOULD LIKE SO HAVE ALL OF THE REMAINING BLUES LEGENDS ON IT- BUT NO ONE UNDER 70’.

VG- I NOTICE YOU PLAY WITH YOUR FINGERS. WAS THIS THROUGH A CONSCIOUS EFFORT, OR FROM AN INFLUENCE ?
SS- LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT DETROIT BACK IN THOSE DAYS. ALL OF THE GREAT BLUES PLAYERS CAME OUT OF THE DEEP SOUTH OVER ROUTE 23 TO GET AWAY FROM THE COTTON FIELDS AND COAL MINES, AND MANY SETTLED IN MICHIGAN TO WORK IN THE STEEL MILLS IN DUPONT OR PONTIAC OR WHEREVER. I LIVED IN AN ALL-BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD AND ACROSS THE STREET THERE WAS A FAMILY WITH AN OLD MAN WHO WAS GREAT BLUES GUITARIST. AS A KID, I USED TO SIT ON A FOOT STOOL AND WATCH HIM PLAY FOR HOURS. THAT’S WHERE I REALLY STARTED LEARNING. I LEARNED FROM HIM, AND THEN ALBERT KING, GATEMOUTH BROWN, AND ALBERT COLLINS. THEY ALL PLAYED WITH THEIR FINGERS; SO THAT’S HOW I LEARNED TO PLAY. FOR ME, IT’A ALL FINGERS AND THUMB. I NEVER USED A PICK.

VG- A GOOD EXAMPLE OF YOUR PICKING ON ARTICULATE BLUES LICKS IS HEARD IN THE INTRO OF “ROUTE 23” ON THE ALBUM. THAT’S GOING TO SURPRISE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T REALIZE YOU PLAY GUITAR.
SS- ITS FUNNY, THAT’S WHAT I DID FIRST-BEFORE THE MOVIES- AND IT’S WHAT I LOVE BEST TO THIS DAY. I STARTED ACTING MAYBE 20 YEARS AGO, BUT STARTED PLAYING GUITAR 40 YEARS AGO.

VG- DID YOU PLAY PROFESSIONALLY BEFORE YOU GOT INTO ACTING ?
SS- YES I DID. BY THEN, I WAS LIVING IN LA., SO I PLAYED AROUND TOWN WITH SOME BANDS, ALSO A LITTLE BIT IN TEXAS, LOUISIANA AND MEMPHIS. DOWN-SOUTH, I PLAYED IN JUKE JOINTS AND BARS. I CAME BACK FROM JAPAN IN A985 AND BY THEN I WAS GETTING SO MUCH MONEY AND SO MUCH BUSSINESS FROM THE MOVIES THAT I NEVER MENTIONED OF MUSIC, THOUGH I ALWAYS KEPT PLAYING.

VG- HAS THE STRATOCASTER ALWAYS BEEN YOUR MAIN GUITAR, OR DID YOU HAVE FLIRTATIONS WITH OTHER INSTRUMENTS ALONG THE WAY ?
SS- THE STRAT IS MY MAIN GUITAR , NO QUESTION. I FEEL IT’S THE MOST STABLE, CONSISTENT INSTRUMENT. I HAVE ALOT OF STRATS IN MY COLLECTIN. BUT I DID LIKE SOME OF THOSE FUNKY OLD BLUES GUITARS I SAW PWOPLW PLAY TEXAS AND LOUISIANA-OLD SILVERSTONES, AIRLINES, AND NATIONALS. I LIKED ALL OF THOSE, AS WELL.

VG- HOW LONG HAS THIS ALBUM PROJECT BEEN IN THE WORKS ?
SS- IT’S HARD TO SAY BECAUSE I HAVE OVER 150 SONGS AND HAVE BEEN WRITING FOR A LONG TIME. I ORIGINALLY WANTED TO DO A BLUES ALBUM-BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE I’M COMING FROM-BUT EVERYONE SAID, “AW, MAN. BLUES DOESN’T SELL !” SO I DECIDED TO DO MORE DIVERSE “WORLD ALBUM”-BECAUSE I’VE SPENT SO MUCH TIME ALL OVER THE GLOBE.
AS MUCH AS I LOVE THE BLUES, I WAS ALSO RAISED IN ASIA AND DEVELOPED A DEEP INTEREST IN INDIAN AND ARABIAN MUSIC. YOU HEAR THAT IN TUNES LIKE “THE LIGHT”, WHICH IS VERY ARABIAN. ANOTHER PART OF THE INSPIRATION COMES FROM THE TIME I’VE SPENT IN THE SOUTH-TEXAS AND LOUISIANA. I’VE GOT A LOT OF FAMILY THERE. I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT PUTTING TOGETHER THIS PARTICULAR ALBUM FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS AND ACTIVELY WORKING ON IT FOR THREE YEARS.

VG- WHICH GUITARS CAN WE HEAR ON THE ALBUM ?
SS- IT WAS MAINLY MY MARY KAYE STRAT-A ’57 WITH GOLD HARDWARE. THAT’S ON 90 PERCENT OF THE TRACKS. I ALSO PLAYED A SCRATCHED-UP ’57 STRAT AND COUPLE OF MARTINS- A D-18 AND A D-28. THAT’S IT.

VG- WHAT ABOUT AMPS ?
SS- THEY’RE MOSTLY THE 1958 100-WATT TWEED FENDER TWIN; THE ULTIMATE TUBE AMP, IN MY OPINION . YOU SHOLULD HEAR THESE MUTHAS ! THERE ARE ONLY A FEW IN THE WORLD. I HAVE EIGHT. BETWEEN MYSELF, ERIC CLAPTON AND KEITH RICHARDS, WE BOUGHT ‘EM ALL. THEY WOULD BE ROUGHLY VALUED, IF YOU CAN FIND ONE, AT $15.000 TO $20.000. FOR RECORDING AND GIGGING, THAT IS MY FAVORITE AMP. PEOPLE ALWAYS POINT TO THE ’58 BASSMAN, BUT I SAY, “NO,NO,NO. IT’S THE TWIN !” I LOAD THEM WITH THE OLD TUBES, HAVE THEM BIASED, AND PLAY THEM HARD. I ALSO USED SOME ‘60S MARSHALL PLEXIS THROUGH 30-WATT SLANT CABINETS. THOSE MIGHT BE ON SOME OF THE HEAVIER SONGS LIKE “DON’T YOU CRY”. AND I GENERALLY DON’T USE ANY EFFECTS, BUT I THINK WE ADDED A LITTLE PROCESSING ON “ROUTE 23”. I USED AN MXR FLANGER AT THE BOARD VERY SPARINGLY TO FATTEN THE SOUND ON A COUPLE OF SOLOS. IN THE STUDIO, WE HAVE A COUPLE SETS OF GUYS –ROBERT DIXON FROM ARAP HOLE AND BILLY YATES FROM DENNIS MUSIC- TENDING TO THE AMPS, MAKING SURE THE TUBES ARE PUTTING OUT THE MAXIMUM OUTPUT, AND ARE BALANCED... JUST MAKING SURE THEY SOUND GOOD.

VG- HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN ATTRACTED TO TONES OF VINTAGE GEAR ?
SS- YES, IT’S FUNNY, WHEN I WAS A KID, IT WAS EASY. THAT’S ALL THERE WAS. NOW THAT I AM OLDER, I HAVE TO HUNT FOR THAT SOUND.

VG- WHO ARE SOME OF THE PLAYERS ON THE ALBUM ?
SS- WELL, IT’S MOSTLY ME ON THE GUITAR. I DIDN’T INVITE BB. OR SOMEONE FAMOUS TO SIT IN ON GUITAR BECAUSE IT DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT TO CAPITALIZE ON THEIR NAMES. AL ANDERSON IS IN THE BAND AND PLAYED ONE OR TWO SOLOS AND HE PLAYED RHYTHM AND PICK STUFF ON “WAR” AND “MY GOD”. STEVIE WONDER PLAYED HARMONICA ON THAT TRACK TOO. “NOT FOR SALE” HAS ONE OF THE GREATEST INDIAN VIOLINISTS IN THE WORLD –MANI SUBRAMANIAN. LADY SAW, FROM JAMAICA, SANG ON “JEALOUSY”. SUBHASH CHUNDRUN DID THE TABLA,BOWL AND JEW’S HARP, AND LT.STITCHIE, THE JAMAICAN DJ, IS ON “LOLLIPOP”. THAT’S THE ONE TUNEI DIDN’T WRITE. VINNIE COLAIUTA AND FRANK VALARDIPLAYED DRUMS ON ALOT OF THE TRACKS. WE ALSO HAD GUEST PERFORMANCESBY BILLY PRESTON, TYRONE DOWNING AND GREG PHILLIGANES (KEYBOARDS), LEE SKLAR AND PATRICK CARROLL (BASS), SEAN FISHER (BASS/GUITARS7KEYBOARD), REMI KABAKA (NIGERIAN TALKING DRUMS) AND VOCALIST KAVITA SUBRAMANIAN, THE TREASURE OF INDIA. A LONG WITH ME AND AL, RICK WAKE WAS THE PRODUCERS.

VG-WHAT PROMPTED YOUR AVID GUITAR COLLECTING ?
SS- I REALIZED THAT THE GUITAR IS THE LAST HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS OF AMERICA, ONE OF ITS LAST CULTURAL ARTIFACTS THAT WAS ACTUALLY INVENTED AND BUILT IN A GOLDEN AGE. THE CRAFTSMANSHIP AND VITALITY OF THAT PERIOD OF AMERICANA WILL PROBABLY NEVER RETURN. I VALUE THOSE INSTRUMENTS SO MUCH AND FEEL THEY SHOULD BE PRESERVED AND MAINTAINED AS THE ULTIMATE ART OBJECTS OF OUR TIME.

VG- TELL US ABOUT YOUR GUITAR COLLECTION . WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS ?
SS- I THINK ALBERT KING’S 1958 KORINA FLYING V IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BLUES GUITAR IN THE WORLD. IT HAS AN AMAZING SOUND. YOU CAN SEE WHERE HE RESTED HIS HAND. AND HE WROTE ON THE FACE, IN RED INK. IT SAYS “ALBERT KING LOVES YOU”, AND THEN HE SCRIBBLED HIS NAME. I ONCE SAW SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET SPECTULATING ABOUT THE WHEREABOUTS OF THIS GUITAR. NOBODY KNEW, BUT IT WAS VALUED IN THE LIGHT SIX FIGURES. I WOULD PUT IT THERE, AT LEAST . IT’S A MILLION-DOLLAR GUITAR TO ME. THERE ARE STORIES THAT SAY ALBERT LOST IT WAY BACK IN A POKER GAME. I THINK HE HAD TO HOCK IT TO PAY A POKER DEBT, AND COULDN’T GET IT BACK IN TIME. I GOT IT RECENTLY. IT WAS HIDDEN FOR A LONG TIME. I DIDN’T BUY FROM ALBERT; I BOUGHT IT FROM SOMEONE I CAN’T MENTION. AND I PLAYED IT. IT’S GOT A VIBE TO IT, MAN. ALBERT ALWAYS WANTED TO GET THIS GUITAR BACK. IF I WOULD’VE GOTTEN İT BEFORE HE DIED, I WOULD’VE GIVEN IT BACK TO HIM.

VG- WHAT ABOUT THE MUDDY WATERS TELECASTER ?
SS- THE MUDDY WATERS TELE HAS AN INTYERESTING STORY. BEFORE I BUY A GUITAR, I TAKE IT APART TO SEE WHAT’S INSIDE. IN THIS TELE WERE THREE OLD PIECES OF ELECTRIC TAPE IN DIFFERENT CAVITIES. THEY HAD MESSAGES IN MUDDY’S WRITING, SAYING THINGS LIKE, “IF FOUND, REWARD RETURN TO THIS ADDRESS”. HE HAD HIS NAME ON ANOTHER. WHEN YOU LOOK UP THE ADDRESS, YOU FIND THAT WAS HIS PLACE IN CHICAGO. I’VE SEEN A LOT OF PICTURES OF MUDDY PLAYING IT; HE MUST HAVE REALLY LOVED THE GUITAR. YOU CAN TELL BY THE NOTES HE HID THAT HE DIDN’T WANT THAT TELE GOING ANYWHERE.

VG- DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER FAVORITE RECOLLECTIONS ?
SS- WELL, THERE!S THE ONE ABOUT ALBERT COLLINS’ TELECASTER. WHEN ALBERT DIED, I WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY. AT ONE POINT, I WENT TO SEE GWEN, HIS WIDOW, AND SHE HANDED ME THAT TELE. HE HAD TWO ALMOST IDENTICAL MODELS: ONE HE PLAYED ALL THE TIME, THE OTHER WAS THE BACKUP HE USED SOME OF THE TIME. ANYWAY, SHE KNEW “FROSTY” WAS A TUNE ALBERT LIKED A LOT BUT HE SAID IT WAS KIND OF DIFFICULT TO PLAY. I HAD ALWAYS PLAYED “FROSTY”, AND KNEW İT WELL. SO SHE PUT ME ON AND SAID, “PLAY IT !” I PLUGGED IN AND THOUGHT, “I’M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY IT LIKE ALBERT”. BUT MAYBE ALBERT WAS LOOKING DOWN ON ME AT THAT MOMENT AND I PLAYED WELL THAT DAY. AFTER I PLAYED SHE SAID, “ı WANT TO GIVE THIS TO YOU “. SHE GAVE ME THAT TELE AND HIS QUAD REVERB.

VG- WHAT ABOUT THE HENDRIX JAZZMASTER ?
SS- I BOUGHT THAT GUITAR FROM TAPPY WRIGHT, WHO WAS HIS ROADIE. THAT JAZZMASTER IS A 100 PERCENT AUTHENTIC. I2VE GOT PICTURES OF HRNDRIX WITH IT. HE PLAYED IT IN 1966 AND 67. HENDRIX WROTE IN A JOURNAL SOMEWHERE THAT HE GOT IT FOR RECORDING. APPARENTLY, SEYMOUR DUNCAN WAS WITH HIM THE DAY HE BOUGHT IT-SOMEPLACE LIKE MANNY’S IN NEW YORK CITY. I SHOWED THE JAZZMASTER TO SEYMOUR AND HE REMEMBERED IT.

VG- WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR COLLECTION ?
SS- WELL, THERE’S FREDDIE KING’S 1962/63 TOBACCO SUNBURST GIBSON ES-345. AND I HAVE JOHN LEE HOOKER’S RED EPIPHONE SHERATON. I ALSO HAVE AN ACOUSTIC FROM JOHN LEE HOOKER. IT’S A GIBSON J-45, I THINK. I HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRE-WAR MARTIN D-45 IN THE WORLD. IT CAME OUT OF THE FACTORY WITH GOLD, ENGRAVED TUNERS, AND HAS THE MOST INCREDIBLE SNOWFLAKE INLAYS YOU’VE EVER SEEN. AND I HAVE SMILEY BURNETTE’S MARTIN 00-45; IT IS LIKE A SMALLER D-45 WITH SNOWFLAKE INLAYS. IT WAS GIVEN TO SMILEY BY GENE AUTRY.
AS FOR AMPS, THERE’S ALBERT’S FENDER QUAD REVERB 4X12” COMBO WITH JBL SPEAKERS. I HAVE ONE HENDRIX AMP-A SMALL WARM-UP AMP., SWEDISH MAD. HE BOUGHT IT IN ENGLAND. I HAVE SOME OF ERIC JOHNSONS’S OLD MARSHALSS. THEY SOUND VERY GOOD, WITH 30- WATT CELESTIONS IN THE CABINETS; 120-WATTS, 16OHMS. THEY’RE DYNAMITE. I HAVE TWO SLANT-CABS WITH CELESTIONS, AND STRAIGHT CABINET WITH 30-WATT GOODMANS, MADE IN THE LATE 60’S.

VG- HAVE YOU EVER GONE AFTER AN OLD LES PAUL STANDARD, LIKE A ’58-’60SUNBURST ?
SS- NO, NOT REALLY. I AM NOT INTO THOSE SO MUCH; ALTHOUGH I HAVE A ‘50SGOLDTOP. THE ONLY GIBSONS I REALLY ENJOY PLAYING ARE MY RED 355 AND THE ’63 REVERSE FIREBIRD.

VG- DID YOU SEE COMMONALITIES IN THE THESE PASSIONS OF YOUR LIFE-MUSIC, ACTING AND MARTIAL ARTS ?
SS- TO ME, THEY ARE ALL THE SAME. I THINK ART IS THE SAME WHETHER YOU’RE A PAINTER, A GUITAR PLAYER, POET, MARTIAL ARTIST, OR ACTOR. THEY SWIRL INTO EACH OTHER. TO MASTER ONE IS TO MASTER ALL, IN A WAY. WE NEVER REALLY MASTER ANYTHING, ANYWAY; WE JUST GET COMFORTABLE
WITH IT AT DIFFERENT LEVELS. THAT’S MY PHILOSOPHY. I’VE BEEN COMFORTABLE WITH MARTIAL ARTS AND THE GUITAR FOR 20 YEARS, AND I AM STILL IN THE PROCESS OF GOING FORWARD.

PICTURES:

1- 1963 GIBSON FIREBIRD (SN 179292). NICKNAMED “WOODY” OWNED BY STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN WITH ALBERT KING’S MUDDY WATERS’ AND STEVIE’S NAMES CARVED IN THE BACK.
2- 1959 GIBSON FLYING V (SN 9-1716), FORMERLY OWNED BY ALBERT KING. SEAGAL CALLS IT “THE MOST IMPORTANT BLUES GUITAR IN THE WORLD”.
3- GIBSON ES-355 IN CHERRY RED FINISH WITH BIGSBY TAILPIECE. ONE OF SEAGAL’S TWO FAVORITE- PLAYING GIBSONS.
4- NEWER GIBSON LUCILLE SIGNED BY BB.KING AND GIVEN TO SEAGAL. NOTE AUTHENTIC BB.”SALT” STAINS.
5- 1958 GIBSON LES PAUL GOLDTOP (SN 8 2074) WITH PAF HUMBUCKERS
6- 1954 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN 6699) LEFTLY WITH MOCHA BROWN FINISH, MAPLE FRETBOARD, ANODIZED PICKGUARD, AND GOLD HARDWARE. SEAGAL CALLS IT “THE MOST INCREDIBLE STARTOCASTER ON EARTH”. HE PLAYS IT UPSIDE-DOWN, A LA ALBERT KING.
7- 1954 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN 0208). EARLY, ’54, WITH SERIAL NUMBER ON BACKPLATE.
8- 1957 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN 027412). BLOND “MARY KAYE” FINISH. ONE OF SEAGAL’S FAVORITE STRATOCASTERS
9- 1965/’66 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN L-12518) IN LAKE PLACID BLUE.
10- 1960 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN 57169) IN RARE EMERALD GREEN METALLIC
11- 1962-’63 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN-76446( IN RARE RED SPARKLE METALLIC FINISH.
12- 12 1965 JAZZMASTER (SN L64620) FORMARLY OWNED BY JIMI HENDRIX
13- 1965 FENDER TELECASTER (SN L09958) IN LAKE PLACID BLUE. FORMARLY OWNED BY MUDDY WATERS
14- 1968 FENDER TELECASTER (SN 250414) IN PINK PAISLEY FINISH, GIVEN TO SEAGAL BY JAMES BURTON.
15- ALBERT COLLINS’ FENDER CUSTOM SHOP TELECASTER
16- 1952 FENDER TELECASTER (SN 1484). VERY EARLY EXAMPLE WITH ASH BODY AND FLAME-MAPLE FRETBOARD.
17- 1939s DOBRO RESONATOR (SN 2050) IN NATURAL FINISH WITH WIRE SCREEN HOLES
18- LATE-’50S GIBSON ES 335 (SN 829051) WITH FACTORY BIGSBY AND “CUSTOM” PLATE OVER STUDS
19- 1950 FENDER BROADCASTER (SN 0204) A WEIGHTY PRE-SWAMP-ASH EXAMPLE.
20- 1954 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN 1101)
21- 1954 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN 1094)
22- 1955 FENDER STRATOCASTER (SN 6546)


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Seshmeister
01-14-2010, 11:10 AM
He used to be a notorious cunt of a human being.

Who knows maybe he's chilled with age.

Either way his films are woeful. :)

chefcraig
01-14-2010, 11:26 AM
Ha!

I usually am not into reality TV at all, much less stuff like this, but I tuned into the first one, and it is sorta entertaining.

I get tired of his self-important attitude sometimes, like his never-ending statements like "Being in martial-arts for over 40 years I know that blah blah blah, etc. etc.".

But, as I said, at least he is not just some rich Hollywood actor paying lip service to helping people. If you are a cop, you literally are putting your life on the line. Unlike Chuck Norris, who pretends to be a cop, Steven actually is one.

He is also a blues guitarist who happens to own all of Albert King's Gibson Flying Vs. :D


Damn, interesting stuff, Hardrock. At first I was tempted to write the guy off, yet after watching a few episodes, the man seems sincere in what he is doing.

Thanks for the info.

Hardrock69
01-14-2010, 01:26 PM
One could argue that he is doing the TV show because nobody gives a damn about his acting career anymore. But, the byline of the TV show intro is that he has been a cop for 20 years, but has not publicized it until now.

Like I said, I have a lot more respect for him now than I did when I thought he was just another martial-arts action hero dude.

Nickdfresh
01-14-2010, 04:36 PM
He used to be a notorious cunt of a human being.

Who knows maybe he's chilled with age.

Either way his films are woeful. :)

I always like Under Siege actually. But yeah, everything else he's done pretty much is shit...