McCartney Motown – Paul McCartney to pay for restoration of Motown’s historic Steinway piano. He encountered the ebony-and-ivory of the Steinway grand piano while touring the Motown Museum before his July concert at Comerica Park. At the time Paul asked if he could play on the 1877 Steinway grand piano which was used by some Detroit music greats he considers idols.
“He was disappointed when we told him it didn’t play,” Motown Historical Museum chief executive Audley Smith Jr., told The Detroit News.
After the concert he told the museum he wanted to have it restored. On Monday, the piano will be picked up from the Detroit Motown museum and shipped to Steinway and Sons in New York for restoration. The work is expected to take up to five months.
“Steinway & Sons is honored to restore the historic Steinway piano that was used by such legends as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder , and to do so in the very same New York factory where it was originally built in 1877,” Steinway & Sons President of Americas Ron Losby told the newspaper in a statement.
“We’re especially proud, as an American company, to help the Motown Museum in preserving the legacy of the Motown Record Company, whose artists and albums played such a vital role in one of the great eras of American music.”
The piano should be back in Detroit in time for the museum’s scheduled fundraising gala on March 30 at Orchestra Hall. There was no word if Paul McCartney would be in attendance for the event.
Smith added that, “The commitment from Paul McCartney and Steinway & Sons to restore this piano, one of the Museum’s most important artifacts, is a wonderful acknowledgement…indeed, a donation of a perfect pitch.”