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Dave Grohl's 'Monkey Wrench' Guitar Is Up For Auction

22 August 2022 | 10:19 am | Brenton Harris

Originally owned by Foo Fighters guitarist and The Germs founding member Pat Smear, the guitar is being auctioned off alongside a photo of actress Drew Barrymore playing it.

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The guitar played by Dave Grohl in The Foo Fighters Monkey Wrench video clip is being sold at auction

The Gretsch White Falcon guitar which Grohl used extensively during the writing and recording of the Foo Fighters' second full-length The Colour and The Shape and he can be seen playing in the Monkey Wrench video, is being auctioned off by Gardiner Houlgate on September 7. The guitar is expected to fetch upwards of £30'000 ($51, 000 AUD).

Originally owned by Foo Fighters guitarist and The Germs founding member Pat Smear, the guitar is being auctioned off alongside a photo of actress Drew Barrymore playing it. The photo was taken by Smear himself. 

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Auctioneer Luke Hobbs is clearly enthusiastic about the listing's prospects, having provided the following statement.

"This a very exciting guitar as it’s one of the few owned by Foo Fighters, arguably the biggest current rock band on earth, ever to come to public auction. Monkey Wrench was the band’s breakthrough single and also the first to feature drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died tragically this March. I’m expecting interest from around the world. The fact that it features so prominently in the band’s iconic Monkey Wrench video makes it all the more attractive to collectors and fans” 

Last week, The Foo Fighters released details of their upcoming tribute concerts for late drummer Taylor Hawkins

Initially announced back in June, the tribute concert will see the remaining Foo Fighters joined by new additions Travis Barker, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Brian Johnson of AC/DCJames Gang, KeshaJosh Freese, Dave Grohl's daughter Violet and Taylor Hawkins' son, Shane Hawkins

These acts add considerable additional star power to a stacked line-up that already features, 

Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, RUSH's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Liam Gallagher, Queen’Roger Taylor and Brian MayNirvana’s Krist Novoselic, The Police’s Stewart CopelandJane’s Addiction’s Chris ChaneyQueens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme and Alain JohannesPretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and many, many more. 

In exciting news for fans not able to make it to London for the event, the show will be streaming live globally via Pluto TV and on-demand after the completion of the show from September 3 on Paramount+. One-hour and two-hour highlight packages of the show will then be made available for on-demand viewing via MTV Entertainment from September 4. 

Australians wanting to tune into the Wembley concert live can do so via either MTV's YouTube channel or Pluto TV. Both services broadcasts will begin on September 3 at 5:30 pm CEST, which is 1:30 AM AEST, Sunday, September 4.