Monday, August 8, 2011

Portugal. The Man's Van and Gear Stolen From Lollapalooza

Portugal. The Man had their van, trailer, and gear
stolen after their set at Lollapalooza this weekend
Shortly after their set at Lollapalooza, Portugal. The Man joined the growing group of bands to be involved in what's always a disheartening piece of news to read, after their Lollapalooza set the band's van, trailer, and gear was all stolen from an attended parking lot near festival grounds.  The band dropped the news of their van theft on Twitter, announcing that their Red Ford 350 fifteen passenger van with a black trailer and Alaska plates FJH244 had been stolen with all of their gear in it.  As if that already didn't make you feel bad enough for these guys then they dropped the list of all of the gear that was in the trailer...enough to make a musician weep.  Among the stolen gear was a Gretch White Falcon, Fender Twin Reverb, Epiphone Banjo, Roland Keyboards, Gibson Acoustic, and much more (all of which is listed here, some including serial numbers).

The band has been taking to Twitter most of the day with updates on the gear search and the rest of the Twitterverse has been blowing up over the topic as well.  With the gear information being posted along with the van and trailer info, the band has enlisted in the help of the fans and Chicago area residents in help with finding the gear.

Guitarist and Singer John Gourley said, "We need to find this stuff because it's who we are and what we do..."  It's a shame that we've still got to say things like this at this point but really is it so hard to be a semi-decent person.  Take to Portugal. The Man's Twitter page for continued updates from the band on the status of their gear and residents of the Chicago area be sure to turn these gear lists into local stores!

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