"And he didn't.
"And he felt so badly about it that I felt bad for him for feeling so bad. We both felt very bad.
"So I gave him the opportunity to redeem himself. I said 'lend me your guitar for two weeks'."
Shindell, you see, lives in Argentina and for some reason or other had not brought an acoustic guitar with him despite it being his instrument of choice.
"And Steve said," with rising intonation, as one pleading for it not to be the case, "'Really?'
"I got a text message from Steve Knightley just before I came on stage. I was afraid it would say something like 'Don't use my guitar tonight'.
"So I didn't read it."
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* Richard Shindell pays for Tardis to orbit the Earth
* If you thought these posts were good you might also enjoy this interview with Shindell I made earlier.
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