Mike Piazza attempting to extort The Band’s Garth Hudson [UPDATE]

Yambands.com reports:

A New York State judge has granted a restraining order that puts a planned auction of legendary The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson’s belongings on hold. The move was made after Hudson’s attorneys filed a complaint with the courts alleging that the organ whiz was the victim of attempted extortion.

Last month, a Kingston, NY landlord sold a number of Hudson’s belongings to the public after claiming that he had failed to pay more than $50,000 in storage fees. Hudson’s supporters gathered at the event after the musician requested that his Facebook fans buy the items and allow him to reimburse them. The landlord had planned to sell more of these items—things like sheet music, photos, reel-to-reel tapes and his instruments—at another auction on April 6. However the new restraining order will keep that from happening for the time being. Hudson is now demanding that the landlord, Mike Piazza, return his possessions and pay damages and legal fees.

Hudson also accuses Piazza of moving his belongings on two occasions without his permission, which he claims damaged some of the items. Hudson also claims that Piazza stole a number of his possessions—including a pump organ—before selling them on eBay.

Lawyers from both sides are inspecting the items, which have been moved to a new location. A meeting between the lawyers for both parties is scheduled for April 11.

The former catcher’s old team continues to be in financial straits, and he’s been hawking his “bizarre” book in hopes of a post-retirement paycheck, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, if nevertheless saddened, that Piazza appears to have turned to a life of crime.

UPDATE: Garth Hudson’s lawyer, John Clark, dropped by this afternoon to share his thoughts on this story. As promised, I have reposed his statement here:

Attn: Adland. I am an attorney and represent Garth Hudson in the litigation discussed in your story above. Please note that the Mike Piazza who is the defendant in the litigation IS NOT THE Mike Piazza of baseball fame. Same name, different person.
Please correct your story immediately.
John E. Clark

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4 thoughts on “Mike Piazza attempting to extort The Band’s Garth Hudson [UPDATE]

  1. Best instance of world’s colliding ever.

    Also, when you don’t pay $50k, your stuff, whatever it may be, usually gets sold or taken back. Some more information on the story would be helpful. Nice to have a #FacebookFanBailOut

  2. Attn: Adland. I am an attorney and represent Garth Hudson in the litigation discussed in your story above. Please note that the Mike Piazza who is the defendant in the litigation IS NOT THE Mike Piazza of baseball fame. Same name, different person.
    Please correct your story immediately.
    John E. Clark

    • Mr. Clark:

      First, I greatly appreciate your efforts on behalf of Mr. Hudson (big fan) and your readership of this site. (You might enjoy our other posts on Garth and his former Bandmates, aggregated here: https://aldland.wordpress.com/tag/the-band/.)

      Second, I disagree that the above post is erroneous. It is true that Mike Piazza and Garth Hudson are engaged in litigation at this time. It also is true that Mike Piazza used to play catcher for the New York Mets, a team with well-documented financial troubles. Additionally, it is true that Mike Piazza recently wrote a book about himself that The Sporting News called “bizarre.” Other things that are true include: a) I had a poster of Los Angeles Dodger Mike Piazza on my bedroom wall as a child, and b) many of us here at ALDLAND would like to meet your client, Mr. Hudson.

      We cover a wide range of topics here, often within the confines of a single posting, and that seems to have happened in this instance. To further broaden our range of coverage, I will expand the posted record, above, to include your comment.

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