It's now been three days since we learned the shocking news that longtime Warren Haynes/Gov't Mule guitar
tech Brian Farmer died on Sunday at his home near Nashville at the age of 53.
Tributes have poured in from all corners of the rock world to Farmer, which shows
what a huge impact he made on so many of the musicians, crew members and fans he came
in contact with over the years.
While we compiled dozens of the tributes to Farmer that were
posted on the web, Twitter and Facebook, there's one we missed until today that is
among the most touching. Zachariah Nagy, guitar tech for Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
and one of Brian Farmer's best friends, penned a tribute to his pal that was posted
on Jett's website. He reveals Farmer was pardoned of his record by Al Gore & Bill
Clinton (we'd love to hear more about that) and gets to the heart of what made Brian
Here's the full text of Nagy's tribute via JoanJett.com:
We lost an amazing guitar tech and one of my best friends last night. Brian Farmer
has been Warren Haynes guitar tech for almost as long as I’ve been alive. He was as
popular with fans as the band was, and just the “rock star!!!” He teched for the
great Johnny Cash until his death and was even pardoned of his record by Al Gore and
Bill Clinton!!! No joke!!!!!! He always called me when the Mule or the Allman Bros
would come to NYC and let me play Warrens rig or show me the newest signature
prototypes, years before coming out. I loved Brian Farmer.
And he loved Joan Jett. Promised me for years that he had a Red Rhodes velvet hammer
pickup somewhere and he wanted Joan to have it; as this was the rare pickup in her
legendary melody maker guitar. One day he showed up at SIR 25 in NYC and said I have
something for you…..that pickup has been in her #2 guitar years later!! He even kept
a Joan Jett Barbie doll in his guitar vault!!!
Brian left me a message at 4:16am Aug 23, less than 24 hours before he died in his
sleep. It’s a fragile, cruel, beautiful, poetic thing called rock n roll. He died 14
years to the day of his childhood friend and original Govt Mule bass player, Alan
Just take a moment to tell those close to you that you love them. Even the glorious
life of touring rock and roll is subject to great sadness. He had the biggest impact
on my guitar tech life and respected me and treated me like an equal and a friend.
I’ve cried countless times today talking to his crew and girlfriend but leave you
with what his luggage bag tag said..."it is what it is, so fuck it"
Zachariah Nagy, Guitar Tech, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
[Hat Tip - @MikeHamad]