Up & coming nashville guitarist Timothy Rocko Dalian (“Rocko”) was arrested on Friday for the theft of several expensive guitars and equipment from the recording studio of electric guitar prodigy Sol Philcox here in East Nashville. The theft occurred on October 11, while Sol was on tour. The day before he left, he was rehearsing in the studio with the band, and an unknown male came up to the studio commenting he could hear the music and wanted to listen closer and see the studio. He identified himself as Rocky, and was described as a white male in his 20’s with longer hair. According to witnesses he commented on some of the expensive equipment in the backyard studio.
CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, we listed Rocko as being part of ‘Daylight Sinners’. His relationship was ended with them some months prior, and we apologize for the incorrect information at the time of his arrest.
Rocko is charged with the following:
- Felony Burglary / $7,500 bond
- Felony Theft $10,000+<$60,000 / $7,500 bond
According to a police report, one of the victims (Sol‘s roommate also had an item stolen from the studio) saw a stolen guitar posted on craigslist. The guitar was on a listing from the Kwik Kash pawn show in Gallatin. He contacted police, and was able to identify the Mike Mushok Special Edition Paul Reed Smith Baritone Guitar. The pawn shop confirmed the item was pawned by Rocko, of Electic Ave in Nashville. Upon review, the victim was able to identify Rock as the same person that appeared in the studio during rehearsal. The pawn shop indicted he also pawned a Gibson SGCherry Red guitar on 10/12, and on 10/12 he pawned a mint green Squier Jazzmaster guitar, An Oscar Schmidt (Spirit 335 Guitar) , a 1961 blonde Fender Bassman head and Matchless Cabinet. He additionally possessed another guitar that the pawn shop would not purchase, A PRS DGT GOldtop Guitar with no strings. The pawn shop ultimately paid $650.00 for all the listed equipment. The value of the stolen equipment is over $10,000…… Not all of the equipment will be recovered, not all of it was pawned, according to MNPD reports.
Rocko is an aspiring guitarist / musician from Michigan, who’s dream was to start a career in Nashville. He came to Nashville just a few months ago, and hit the music scene quickly and with a passion. He’s played up and down Broadway and was quickly becoming known. So what happened?
Rocko was living in a rented house on Electric Avenue in East Nashville, for which he was issued an eviction notice first in September, but the case was dismissed, and refiled in October with correct information, for which process has yet to be served. His landlord is currently suing for ‘possession only’ and not for monies at this point.
Rocko had nothing but a bright future ahead of him, even as a child, he had every advantage in becoming a musician. Here’s a story about his high school years as a teen, from 2003:
Rocko Dalian is currently being held in custody of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Dept in lieu of a $15,000 bond. He will have a bond review hearing on 11/14 in front of Judge Coleman.
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Some items stolen from the studio include
- A reissue thinline Tele with customized matt black pickguard
- Original 1965 Gibson SG jr (cherry red, wraparound bridge replaced with a 2 piece stoptail)
- 1961 Blonde Fender Bassman Head
- PRS DGT goldtop
- PRS Mushok baritone
- 1976 Super Reverb (converted to a head)
- Red Matchless 2×12 cab
- Spirit 335 knockoff (natural finish, with aftermarket GFS p-100 pickups)
The two victims live at xxxx EastSide Ave. The have a recording studio at the rear of the property. This separate structure is not a habitation. On or about 10-10-2017 the band was rehearsing music in the studio where multiple guitars, amps, and other related musical equipment are kept. During the rehearsal an unknown subject approached the victim(s) and stated he could hear the music and just wanted to hear the band. During his brief visit he commented on the quantity of expensive equipment in the studio. This stranger identified himself as “Rocky”. He was a male white in his twenties, had longer dark colored hair, and apparently approached on foot. The victims left to go on a tour with the band and were away for a number of days from 10-11-17 to 10-16-17. Upon returnign on 10-16-2017 they found the studio had been burglarized. A cabinet near a window had been turned over near where the suspect appeared to have made entry through this window. A number of guitars were discovered to be missing, as was other assorted musical equipment to inclide amps, cabinets, etc…. “Rocky” was suspected due to his recent un-invited appearance and interest in the “expensive” equipment. No officers in the area were familar with ‘Rocky”. After approximately one month, one of the victim’s saw an ad on Craigslist for one of his missing guitars. The guitar was for sale at a Gallatin Pawn shop. He went to the pawn shop and requested the assistance of the Gallatin Police Department. At the shop he positively identified his Mike Mushok Special Edition Paul Reed Smith Baritone Guitar. The Kwik Kash Pawn shop indicated Timothy “Rocko” Dalian of 1715 Electric Ave pawned the guitar. He was filmed conducting the transaction. He presented his state issued Michigan Id to conduct the transaction. He was subsequently identified by the victim as the same person that appeared un-invited at the studio. Kwik-Kash provided additional informtaiotn to include on 10-12-2017 he pawned the guitar above as well as A Gibson SGCherry Red guiatar, owned by the victim. On 10-14-2017 he also pawned a mint green Squier Jazzmaster guitar, An Oscar Schmidt (Spirit 335 Guitar) , a 1961 blonde Fender Bassman head and Matchless Cabinet. He additioanlly possessed another guitar that the pawn shop would not purchase, A PRS DGT Goldtop Guitar with no strings. The value of the stolen equipment is over $10,000…… Not all of the equipment will be recovered, not all of it was pawned.
Sol made a quiet ‘nod’ to the incident on Friday, posting on social media: