Published Oct 07, 2008Following a long list of poor souls, including recent additions the Stooges and the Kills, hardworking Chicago instru-metal act Pelican have been robbed on tour in Europe. The band, who most recently released their third LP, City of Echoes, last year and the DVD collection After the Ceiling Cracked this year, had their van with all of their belongings taken from them in Italy. Knowing how supportive their fan base is, the band have set up a PayPal account where fans can make charitable donations.
Here is the full story from the bands blog:
Our otherwise excellent tour of Europe hit a severe stroke of bad luck this week. Two days ago we had a spare half-hour to spend in Rome before heading to the venue, so we decided to go see the Coliseum. We parked nearby and went to take a brief 20-minute walk around the area. When we returned to our van we found that it had been broken into, despite being parked on a major street in broad daylight. Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports, wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever.
The calculated loss of this theft is several thousands of dollars. Unfortunately our band only earns us a very meager living and some of us are already in the hole from years of trying to make a living as musicians. This incident therefore poses a devastating loss and puts us in a very compromised financial position. Although we realize that there is a worldwide financial crisis going on, if there are those of you who have the means and desire to help out our gratitude would run deeper than words could express. We've set up a Paypal account at the address [email protected]. Anything you can offer, even simple condolences, would go a long way. Thanks so much for reading.
Pelican "Drought (live)