Phoebe Bridgers is auctioning the guitar that she smashed during her Saturday Night Live performance in February as part of a fundraiser for The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.
Her performance caught headlines after Bridgers rolled through two blistering renditions from her wonderous latest record, Punisher, performing singles ‘Kyoto’ and ‘I Know The End’ at Studio 8H. Bridgers’ version of ‘I Know The End’ captivated the audience at 30 Rock. Supported by a seven-piece band, Bridgers lost herself in the moment, and the barnstorming performance of the album closer resulted in sparks flying and a smashed-up guitar.
Speaking to CNN following the performance, Bridgers commented on why smashing a guitar on SNL was something she’s always dreamed of doing. She explained: “I’ve always wanted to do it and when I mentioned it to the show, they built me this whole monitor that would look like it was exploded even if I wasn’t hitting it that hard. So yeah, just a bucket list thing.”
The stunt received ridiculous criticism from commentators stating that smashing the guitar was an unsavoury move, even though rock stars have been famously smashing the instrument since the beginning of time.
Bids on the guitar are now open but will close on April 11th. GLAAD has provided two photos of the instrument showing that the guitar appears to be missing a large chunk from the side, but it’s still relatively intact apart from that.
There has only been one bid for the instrument so far, which stands at $5,500. If you want to own a piece of rock history and have more money than you know what to do with, then put it to a good cause by bidding here.