Nice Things To Do…. In Guitar Shops

In Dual Robot, Simon's Blog by Simon Townshend8 Comments

Hey All

I’m here in Rochester, NY with The Who for a show tonight in Canandaigua. The Quebec show was fab… So is Quebec City itself – It’s a wonderful place with really friendly people. The show was a festival with around 100k in the audience. In fact, I went to the same venue on Friday to see Metallica and was totally blown away by the sheer vastness of it all… and of course the band, they are incredible. Such great entertainment.

Here’s an instrumental mix of Nice Things To Do. You can have a listen whilst reading about the nice thing my mate Zak and I did on a day off yesterday in Rochester, NY…

We visited a local guitar and record store called, The House Of Guitars. We were there for a few hours. The place is rammed with gems, new and old – and some real rarities. In fact, Zak bought a Holiday (Harmony) bass and an Epiphone guitar – two instruments I’d never seen or heard of. I bought some vinyl and a couple of books (Neil Young and Mott The Hoople). The place is so large that one really needs a full day there to look around and try stuff out. It was so weird, when we arrived at the store I thought the place looked familiar. It wasn’t until one of the owners took me around the back to show me a wall of photos that I realised I’d done an in store there in 1985. At first, being so long ago I didn’t remember – just had a vague memory of the shop front…  slowly but surely though, it all came back to me. Felt like another lifetime it was so long ago.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the snaps and if you ever get the chance to pop in, say hi to the owners, Armand and Bruce Schaubroeck. They seem like good people that have been in business there for 52 years. They even kept the store open especially for us until 10pm AND one of their employees, Drew gave us a lift back to our hotel. That’s service. Such a nice thing to do on a day off in America.


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Previous downloads here:

Nice Things To Do:
Mix: Nice Things To Do (Dual Robot)

Time The Healer:
Version 1: Time The Healer (Acoustic Mix)
Version 2: Time The Healer (Mono Robot)
Version 3: Time The Healer (Dual Mono)
Dual Robot Mix: Time The Healer (Dual Robot)

Giving Up (For Freedom):
Version 1: Giving Up (For Freedom)-acoustic
Version 2: Giving Up (For Freedom)- mono robot
Version 3: Giving Up (For Freedom) – dual mono

End Of The Road:
Version 1: End of The Road (acoustic)
Version 2: End of The Road (mono robot)
Version 3: End of The Road (dual mono)

Version 1: Magnet (acoustic mix)
Version 2: Magnet (mono robot)
Version 3: Magnet (dual mono)
Tweaked Mix: Magnet (Dual Robot)


  1. Ahh success ! Smarter than I know !!! I like ” endless run on loop this has got it’s soothing yet persistent ” You & Zak must have definitely lost ” track of time” while in HOG shop! Heaven I would think sounds fun & twilight zones like when you realized ” been there done that” with photo proof! Hope you have/ had a great show last of NA this go round!
    Also ANYTHING established in 1965 ( as ZS & I ) is of course FAB!!🐍

  2. I’ve bought more than one instrument there…it’s really a mecca for any musician…an astounding place.

  3. The HOG has a great history in Rochester as well as being tied to the Who for me. In 1982 I stood in line for 14 hours to get tickets for the Who’s farewell tour show at Rich Stadium. Just me and 80,000 of my friends.

    A few things about that concert: When I pulled into the parking lot at almost 5:15 AM, the car in front of me had a license plate that read: Who 515. I took it as a sign that this would be a good day.

    Second, when the band started playing Love Reign O’er me, a slight drizzle started and Roger said something to the effect of “Let’s see Mick do that”. At the time the Stones were also touring and had been or were about to be playing Rich Stadium.

    I was at the CMAC show Sunday night, pretty much right in front of you standing at the stage. You kept trying to throw me pics and I kept losing them in the lights. LOL. I did finally get photographer behind the barricade to grab it off the floor. I also think you were playing with Roger when I saw him at the House of Blues Orlando in November 2009.

    Love all you guys, keep on rocking

  4. I’ll set a slow motion road attack video on my Cafe’ bike to this instrumental. – Gonna be good…

  5. Hey simon, I saw Allen Rogan getting a few things there yesterday. I wish I saw you guys see ya at the show

  6. Hey, Simon. Rochester’s my home town and I first met you at that 1985 House of Guitar appearance where you were signing autographs. So glad you made it back there and that the shop continues to thrive. Looking forward to hearing you in Vegas!


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