Iwrestledabearonce Have Their Trailer + Gear Stolen in Texas
There's probably no more sickening feeling for a touring band than either coming out from a show or a lodging stopover and finding that your touring vehicle has been stolen. Sadly for Iwrestledabearonce, that's the situation that the rockers find themselves in.
The group posted a message about the incident, in which they lost a good portion of their touring gear, all of their merchandise and some personal affects as well. Check out their post on the matter below:
From IWABO: On the night of Sept. 20th, 2015 our trailer was stolen in Denton, TX. Inside that trailer, we had a lot of our touring gear (Mikey's drum set, speaker cabinets, road cases) and all of our merchandise.. The total amount of everything stolen is over $20,000, not including the trailer itself. Our bass player Ricky was moving the van and trailer from one safe storage space to another and parked the van overnight across the street from his house in a church parking lot. The same place we're used to parking every time we have a stop in his town. This was discovered the next day, on the 21st, and police reports were filed. The police have informed us that recovering any of this is extremely unlikely, even though we have no idea what use someone would have with a whacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man with our band's name on it; plus all of our merchandise that we were going to sell on this next tour.
Any touring musician can tell you that a band's entire LIVELIHOOD is in their trailer… And when you walk outside your home to see everything you've worked so hard to accomplish, GONE... There is no feeling like it. The merchandise is also a major set back, as we now have a merch bill, but no merch to sell in order to pay the bill. We are now going to have to do a new order of merch, and we'll have to sell every single piece of it just to break even. This means we will be making very little money off the merch we sell on this upcoming tour (which we usually rely on for gas money on tour.)
The band has launched a GoFundMe page, setting a goal of $7,500 that will enable the band to go out and complete their next scheduled tour, which starts in four weeks. The donations will be used to rent a U-Haul for the tour, buy two new speaker cabinets and to get a replacement drum set. The band adds, "It's going to take a long time to recoup from this major loss … but all we care about right now is being able to go back out and play music for our fans. If we meet this goal, it will allow us to do so."
To help out Iwrestledabearonce, be sure to visit their GoFundMe page and donate here. You can also read which key items of gear have been stolen in case you happen to come across any of pieces. The band expects to return to the road if all goes as planned beginning Oct. 28 in Knoxville, Tenn. Dates can be seen below.
Iwrestledabearonce Fall 2015 U.S. Tour
10/28 -- Knoxville, Tenn. -- The Concourse
10/29 -- Spartanburg, S.C. -- Ground Zero
10/30 -- Wilmington, N.C. -- Ziggys by the Sea
10/31 -- Raleigh, N.C. -- Southland Ballroom
11/1 -- Allentown, Pa. -- Crocodile Rock
11/3 -- Providence, R.I. -- SIMONS 677
11/5 -- Buffalo, N.Y. -- Waiting Room
11/6 -- Cleveland, Ohio -- Agora Ballroom
11/7 -- Lansing, Mich. -- The Loft
11/8 -- Westland, Mich. -- The Token
11/9 -- Joliet, Ill. -- The Tree of Joliet
11/10 -- Saint Paul, Minn. -- Amsterdam
11/11 -- Des Moines, Iowa -- Vaudeville Mews
11/12 -- Oklahoma City, Okla. -- 89th Street Collective
11/14 -- Fort Worth, Texas -- The Rail Club
11/15 -- Corpus Christi, Texas -- House of Rock
11/16 -- Austin, Texas -- Dirty Dog
11/17 -- Laredo, Texas -- La Paloma
11/19 -- Atlanta, Ga. -- The Masquerade
11/20 -- Orlando, Fla. -- Backbooth
11/21 -- Tampa, Fla. -- Epic Problem
11/22 -- Pensacola, Fla. -- Vinyl Music Hall