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Justice [2012 Tour Dates]

Posted: November 29, 2011 in News, Shows
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Music Sumo:

Can’t wait to see these guys in Oakland. Come on out and join me!

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Justice interview at the Creators Project in New York.

Justice will launch a 2012 US tour in support of Audio, Video, Disco, the followup to their 2007 Grammy-nominated debut, . It’s their first tour in two years, but if it seems like it’s been awhile, remember what they told us when we interviewed them at the Creators Project last month: “When you make a record, it doesn’t matter if it took four years or four month or weeks to make. What matters…is just if it’s good.”

They’ve had two years since the last round of shows to “make it good,” so expect a spectacular, finely-tuned display when the show finds its way Stateside in March.

03-16 New York, NY – Terminal 5
03-17 New York, NY – Terminal 5
03-19 Boston, MA – House of Blues
03-20 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
03-21 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
03-22 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
04-17 Oakland, CA – Fox…

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Anyone remember the feds raiding the Gibson Guitar factories in Memphis and Nashville this past August? Well, they did, and between those raids and other raids in 2009; the feds have seized over $1 million worth of rosewood, ebony, and finished guitars from Gibson. These hardwoods are prized for their tonal properties and strength and are used for Gibson’s fretboards on their guitars. Gibson’s factories have remained open, but have done so under great difficulty due to the fact that the feds took most of the company’s raw materials.

The U.S. Justice Department has declined to comment on the case but have provided information regarding the Lacey Act, which is aimed at curbing illegal trafficking in wildlife, fish and plant products, and illegally obtained lumber. A letter issued by the Justice and Interior department officials stated the following:

“By prohibiting trafficking in wood illegally harvested overseas, the Lacey Act prohibits companies from undercutting law-abiding U.S. wood products companies … by trading in artificially inexpensive raw materials that have been illegally harvested from foreign forests.”

Gibson’s CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, states that Gibson Guitar uses a small fraction of the world’s tropical hardwoods, compared to that used for furniture and flooring, and because it uses so little it can use it sustainably. He also explained how his company has been a leader in this area with its line of SmartWood instruments, using wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. He went on to state:

“The issue here is not illegal logging or some conservation abuse … The laws that are being identified by the Department of Justice have to do with protectionism by the country of origin, keeping work in that country and therefore not allowing something that isn’t that value-added to be exported.”

Gibson has filed suit in federal court in Nashville to recover all of their seized materials, but that suit has been stayed while the investigation continues. In the meantime, Juszkiewicz has been working on changing the law. He says,

“I believe in the intent of the law … but I do believe that the way it’s currently written allows what’s happening to me to happen to other companies, and that’s wrong.”

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Juszkiewicz to join him in the speaker’s box to watch President Barack Obama‘s address on jobs to joint session of Congress on September 8.

Oh, and in case you were wondering… Luckily for musicians, a letter from the government in response to members of Congress on the Gibson case stated that those who unknowingly possess an instrument containing wood that was taken illegally “do not have criminal exposure.”

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