It’s always a sad time when a band’s gear is stolen. Sadly that’s what’s happened to Fit For A King, The Browning and Malignancy.
Firstly Fit For A King have had $10,000 worth of equipment stolen on the penultimate day before they head out on a tour!
They wrote, “Today, the day before we leave for tour, we went to our trailer to find all our guitars, basses, and an amp had been stolen,”.
No shows will be cancelled, but if you are interested in helping replace what has been stolen, snag some merch from our store so you can have a token for your generosity.
Thank you all.”
Here;s the full Statement from their Facebook page.
In Italy, The Browning have had “everything” stolen in Italy.
Here’s what they’ve said about it.
“We were robbed in Italy,” they explained. We are forced to cancel the rest of our tour as everyone in our party lost everything including essential equipment to play a show. We have also lost our work computers and irreplaceable files for The Browning.”
“We have set up a Gofundme and appreciate any support anyone is willing to put forth.”
Since making that appeal to their fan, they’ve raised more than $10,000 for them.
“$10,090. Wow!”, the band wrote. “The love and support in this community is the reason we still do this. I never would have thought a fun music project I started would ever have this much support.”
“Over the years there have been multiple members of this band that have put ALOT into turning the browning into what it is today. But along the way, I realized this journey is not about the people in the band, it’s about what the music gives to the fans. Across the planet I have seen people with tattoos of lyrics, people say the music helped them through a hard time, some people have cried when talking to me. Well I’m right there with the fans. This music, has made me the man I am today, I get chills when I scream some of these words for you.”
“I have the words RESPECT, STRENGTH, and LOYALTY tattooed on my body. I RESPECT the people that have supported this. We will have the STRENGTH to pass any obstacle, no matter how hard. We will be LOYAL to the community forever. I have had doubts about my life throughout the years, but you guys always remind me of why I’m on this planet.”
“We will be reaching out to everyone that donated soon as we have an idea of how we can show our appreciation. Thank you everyone who helped spread the word as well. I cannot say thank you enough.”
“Sorry to anyone that was waiting to donate but $10,000 is the estimated value of what we lost. We stopped the ability to donate as we were doing this to just get back what we lost.”
They’ve also posted a video.
Here’s another Facebook post from the band.
Also, Mike Heller, the drummer for the death metal band Malignancy were robbed as well while in the Netherlands.
Here’s his statement.
“I can’t believe that I am actually typing these words into my phone right now,” he wrote. “Last night was the first show of the Malignancy European tour… we are sharing a bus with four other bands, and during our set at De Flux in Zaandam Netherlands, someone broke into the bus and stole two other people’s laptops, someone’s GoPro, and also, my backpack with my entire life inside of it.”
“Since this was the first night of the tour, and before we had been in the bus for more than just a few hours, I didn’t even get a chance to separate my stuff like I normally would… so someone ran away with my brand new iPad, my brand new Kindle, my two backup hard drives, all of my medication, my iPod, my contact lenses, two sets of headphones, all of my chargers, and most importantly, my MacBook Pro with all of my Pro Tools files, and all of my video files on it. Someone stole the most important thing in my life, aside from my girlfriend, my dog, and my family.”
“I have my entire life on that laptop. It is my recording studio… All of the albums I have recorded in the last five years, all of the demos I made, all of the drum videos that I haven’t released yet, and all of the session work I was in the process of sending out to clients. Stuff that I could never ever possibly replace.”
“The police said that there is very little chance that I will ever recover any of this… but if anyone in Holland has any information whatsoever, I would appreciate it more than I am able to put into words at this time. I broke down in front of the entire tour package last night, and tears are hitting my phone as I am trying type this right now. I have absolutely no way to replace this stuff, and nowhere even remotely close to enough money to even cover five percent of what was taken from me. I feel unbelievably stupid, I feel completely heartbroken, I feel completely violated, and I feel completely lost….”
A gofundme page for Mike has been set up and here’s the link.
I absolutely hate it when this happens to hard working bands because, in reality, they have very little. They’re not multi-million record artists when the reality is they’re stretching their last penny or dime or cent so they can afford to go on these tours. The people who steal their equipment are cowards who wouldn’t know a day of hard work in their lives.
I just hope all their equipment can be replaced. My thoughts are with the artists affected as I know what it’s like to be a victim of theft.