Guided By Voices Kit Auction Sparks Feud
Photography: Erica Ott
UPDATE: Kevin Fennell's eBay auction has sparked a public feud between the Guided By Voices drummer and frontman Robert Pollard. Last week, Fennell had unsuccessfully tried auctioning the kit he used during his time with the band for $55,000.
A Facebook page revealed an email exchange between Fennell and Pollard about the drummer's decision to sell the drum kit, which Fennell wrote was the result of financial necessity (the posting has since been removed).
Fennell wrote, "After rejoining the band, I was hopeful that we would be more active regarding playing out and having the opportunity to earn money. As a result, I passed on two full-time job opportunities ... to make sure I was available for the band but we only played two shows this year, with no mention of anything in the future."
Pollard was heated and replied, "First of all, most people would like to know who the f**k you think you are and who you think Guided by Voices is that you can warrant that kind of asking price for your f**king drums ... You can call it resigning if you want but you were already fired. I've been wanting to do that for a long time. Do not delude yourself, Kevin, that people gave a shit who was behind that drum kit."
Guided By Voices drummer Kevin Fennell is auctioning off the drum set that he used on the indie rock band's tours and albums, including Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, and Under The Bushes Under The Stars.
The kit has a starting bid of $55,000 on eBay, and includes two toms, a bass drum, several cymbals, and a foot pedal. The three drum pieces feature custom-made shells of Eames 12-ply birch.
The deal includes "extra goodies" such as a German-issued clear vinyl copy of the "best of" compilation, "An Earful o' Wax," a 2010 Hallway of Shatterproof Glass Tour poster, a 2010 Philadelphia tour-stop poster from the Trocadero, and a 2011 World Domination Tour laminate. The winning bidder will get the kit hand-delivered and set up by Fennell himself, with an option to jam. "It saves on shipping/handling charges," he wrote. "And I would enjoy meeting the person that is as enthusiastic about percussion/nostalgia as I am."
"I guess I believe that there is someone out there who will appreciate them as much as, if not more than, I do," Fennell wrote. "Someone who can appreciate their history, where they have been and what was recorded on them. My hope is that the RIGHT person will buy them and use them to the fullest."