REM's Peter Buck has his stolen guitar returned

It's been a triumph for the music police as Buck is reunited with his beloved Rickenbacker. Or perhaps the band's 'generous reward' had more to do with it

We're not sure whether authorities listened to our suggestion of a musical Interpol (Minterpol?) to track down equipment thieves, but there was nevertheless a victory this week for musical law and order. Peter Buck's stolen Rickenbacker guitar has been returned, allowing REM to continue sounding the way they always have.

Buck's guitar went missing after a Helsinki concert on September 9. The band made a public plea for its return, promising a "generous", "no questions asked" reward. Buck played the Rickenbacker 360 on everything from REM's 1982 debut, Chronic Town, to this year's Accelerate album.

"It's great to have it back in my hands," Buck said in a statement earlier this week. "I'm looking forward to playing it tonight in Luxembourg."

Bertis Downs, REM's manager, echoed the sentiment. "We were always hopeful it would turn up, and thanks to the efforts of a lot of people, we are thrilled to have it back in Peter's possession," he said. "We are grateful and very happy that it worked out this way."

The band said in a statement that it was returned by an "anonymous source", but there is no official word whether the reward was paid out.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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