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Kerry King Stage-Used Guitar Slayer 1983 NAMM Awards COA 100% Authentic & Provenance Al Bowman CollectionGo Back
Winning Bid: $732.05
Winning Bid: $732.05
Auction ends: October 24, 2020 11:40 PM
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This MLX DEAN PROTO TYPE Guitar was used on STAGE by original guitarists from Slayer Kerry King. He played this Flying V guitar on-stage at the NAMM show in 1983. (The NAMM Show is an annual event in the US that its organizers describe as “the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products, pro audio and event tech industry”) . He left this guitar in the back of AL BOWMAN’S Limo “the limo man”. The Winter Music & Sound Market NAMM show was held on January 21-23 in Anaheim California.
Unfortunately, there is no video footage of this concert at the NAMM show. However, it is clear that KING was using a white FLYING V guitar in his 1982 performance. Certainly, he was given this DEAN PROTO TYPE at this show to perform with. This is the guitar that he demoed at the show and used to perform on stage.
You will never see another guitar like this and if definitely was used and played by Kerry. FYI: I was only a limo operator and make no claim as to who played what kind of guitars during a particular era. Fun Time Limousines, my company from 1982 to 1992 had many accounts with different companies. BC Rich was one of them as was Carvin. We would handle the transportation needs for them and their endorsed artists such as Lita Ford and Vivian Campbell who were BOTH BC Rich endorsed artists. The guitar in question was a PROTOTYPE for a future model to be mass produced later. Kerri did not like that particular guitar, which might explain why he left it in the limo. To the best of my recollection, Kerri was demoing many different guitars at the NAMM Show that year. He had no less than 5 in the trunk of the limo as a I recall. That one was supposed to be returned to the company by him. It never was. It sat in a garage in Hermosa Beach until 2014 when it was discovered during the departure phase of my long time home there which has since been torn down. It came with me to Vegas in June of that year.
Slayer was an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, drummer Dave Lombardo, and bassist and vocalist Tom Araya. Slayer’s fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the “big four” bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Slayer’s final lineup comprised King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Drummer Jon Dette was also a member of the band.
This collection of unique memorabilia comes from the executive producer of the Los Angeles Music Awards and the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. The L.A. Music Awards lasted from 1991 until 2015, exactly 25 years. It was the first awards show of it’s kind anywhere in the world because it brought recognition and publicity to independent artists and bands. Unlike the Grammy’s or Billboard Music Awards, which recognize established artists for their commercial successes, the Los Angeles Music Awards presented accolades for production quality, lyrical content, songwriting abilities, and overall music quality. Its production model has been duplicated in hundreds of major cities around the world. In 1997, it’s 7th year, the production began to involve celebrity participants, both as presenters and recipients. Many came from the film and television industries. In 1998, the Los Angeles Music Awards began tying it with various charitable causes and established silent auctions to help raise funds for those causes. Donations of memorabilia were solicited from famous artists, producers, filmmakers, and other movers and shakers from the entertainment industry. In 1999, famed music producer Phil Spector donated many items from his own personal collection that spawned many others from both the film and music industries to do the same. Over the next 15 years, many items that went unsold from the silent auctions were held onto buy Al Bowman, after he first offered them back to their original donators. In 2007, the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards were founded. F.A.M.E. was an acronym for a celebration of Film, Art, Music, and Entertainment. In 2010, Al joined forces with the creator of the Los Angeles Comedy Awards as co-executive producer and for the next 4 years brought to life the L.A. Comedy Awards. Part of this collection includes Al’s own original L.A. Music Awards plaques and trophies, similar to the ones presented to many celebrities and other famous award recipients and participants over the 25 years when these award shows were in full production. Each of them commemorates the successful production that occurred in those years.