Police in Huntington, West Virginia arrested former Blue Cheer guitarist Lee Stephens for beating a man on the street with his guitar. He also hit two others who were asking him to play anywhere but near their park bench where they were trying to sleep the previous night away.
Huntington police spokesman Larry Wainwright told 'The Ugly Truth' that Stephens, known as "Wounded Hand Lee," was performing Sunday when a 64-year-old man knocked his music. Wainwright says the two argued and police were called when Stephens began hitting his critic with his guitar.
Stephens then tried to hit the police with his guitar.
"The winos were all waking up by that time and were trying to destroy the guitar", stated Wainwright. "So we took Lee in to get him away from them. I'm afraid the guitar was on fire when we left."
The street people were throwing a party a little later singing "Ding, Dong The Pitch Is Dead" and hugging each other. Apparently the guitarist had few friends. Or, maybe it was his guitar that they were singing about.
"We let him loose as soon as we could get his stuff and move him to another park where he was playing harmonica for tips", stated Joe Langley, another officer.
"I don't blame those people. You ever hear him on that "Summertime Blues" song? I'd rather hear two cats mating!"