More recently than ever, I am noticing an awful trend among touring bands – stolen equipment. Thieves are literally stealing an artist’s music equipment right out of their vans and trailers without remorse. As many artists have made music and traveling a career, the stolen equipment is necessary to provide income for their families. It provides a home, food, and every day living necessities. It is disturbing that there are people who are so willing to disrupt one’s day-to-day life.
While there have been many cases about such theft in the news, one of the most recent stories I have heard about come from a band called Los Igualados. Upon checking into their hotel room in Houston, Texas, a white truck pulled up to their trailer and took it. The trailer had over $60,000 worth of band equipment inside including speakers, microphones, and instruments; everything they require to perform.
The reason I think it is important to post about this topic is not to show how often theft occurs, but because I think it is incredible how the music community responds to the news. I say “community” rather than “fans” because even those who are unaware of who the band in the news is, they support them nonetheless. Whether it be by sharing the news story, keeping a lookout for equipment up for sale, watching for the suspects, or supporting the band financially, the music community comes together to ensure the band gets back on their feet.
A popular response to equipment theft is to set-up a Go Fund Me account. This is what shows the major support the music community has for each other. This, between other fundraisers, helps the musicians the most if their equipment is otherwise not recovered. Another band by the name of 76 Juliet has also recently had their equipment stolen from their trailer at an estimated loss of $14,000. Locals have scheduled a benefit show to help 76 Juliet with the costs of buying new equipment to continue their dream. As a local band, they cannot afford all new equipment at this point without the help of others.
It is important to support bands going through such tough times as they rely on their equipment to continue their musical dreams and to make a living. It is amazing to see the support bands get from both fans and strangers alike. The music community is so strong, and I love that everyone is able to come together to better situations. Please pay attention to the news for when this happens. Whether or not you can afford to make a donation, I ask that you at least share the story. Help artists keep their dreams alive.