You know it’s going to be bad news when an email starts with “This is my least favorite email to send, but I just wanted to let you know…”
That’s how Natalie Bisignano, the publicist for alt-rock band Backwards Dancer, started her email sharing the news that the band’s gear-filled van and trailer had been stolen over the weekend outside of a hotel in Pleasanton.
Backwards Dancer, who is currently on tour with Eisley and Civilian, estimates it lost more than $30,000 of goods, including speakers, guitars, drums, three laptops, and three cameras. Worse yet, their insurance will only cover about 10 percent of those losses.
Still, the dudes are going to continue on with their tour, which will hitting be Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix, San Diego, and St. Louis this next week.
“It definitely sucks,” the band said in a statement, “but we’re alive and the weather rocks here, so it could be worse.”
That’s great that Backwards Dancer isn’t letting the theft ruin its tour, but there’s a larger problem at stake here: All too often bands get their stuff stolen when visiting San Francisco/the Bay Area. French electronic musician Perturbator’s van was broken into in San Francisco in January, and PWR BTTM’s was stolen two months before that.
Backwards Dancer is not unaware of this spate of thefts.
“Theft is an issue that’s way too common for touring bands,” they said. “Just last week, our friends in Oso Oso had equipment stolen from them in California. And there are so many other artists in the same hole.”
Check out the entire list of stolen goods here.