Originally Posted by 8Mile
So, I've noticed that Gretsch doesn't list Tony on the Gretsch Masters page of historic artists.
Does anyone know if there's a back-story behind this? I can't believe there'd be such a huge oversight and I wonder if there was some bad blood when Tony switched to DW right before he died?
Regardless, Gretsch needs to put Tony Williams the f*** on this page.
I hope it's just an oversight. I just looked on their site and emailed them the same question (maybe a little more diplomatically than your last sentence :) ) but with the same sense of bewilderment.
After asking them why, I commented that when I think of Gretsch, I think of Tony's big, canary yellow set. Sincerely,...
If they email back with an excuse about Tony switching to DW, I'll suggest the following:
As far as "brand loyalty", Elvin played Tama and Yamaha, Max played Ludwig, Louis played Slingerland and Remo, Philly Joe played Premier, Art Blakey played Pearl & Premier and on and on. In fact I've a heard a quote (2nd hand) where Art said, "I'll play anything!"