Garry 'Gazza' Chapman

Garry 'Gazza' Chapman

How long have you been working in the music business?
Nearly 40 years! And I’ve still not quelled my enthusiasm! I still get excited opening a guitar case to see what’s inside, hearing about the new developments in hi-tech still astound me and every day I’m happy to see new and old customers in the store.

Ever met anyone famous?
I’ve been honoured to have served many stars over the years, from the Sex Pistols to Black Sabbath, Duran Duran to Take That, Slade to Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin to Oasis.

One of my favourite moments has to be Tony Iommi bringing Eddie Van Halen into the store to borrow a guitar so they can have a ‘jam’ - luckily we had a Music Man EVH signature guitar, which we lent him and of course he obliged with a signature on the guitar in return! Or it might even be when we sold Robert Plant a ‘Learn to play Led Zep’ DVD!

Any party tricks?
I can make fireworks come out of a guitar!