Posted by Zach Shaw on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 10:35 am
Decrepit Birth just cannot get a break on the road. Earlier this week, the progressive death metal group’s tour van caught on fire, forcing them to acquire rental. Just a few days later, Decrepit Birth’s rental van was broken into while performing in San Francisco. As a result, the band has been forced to drop off the remainder of their tour with Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust.
Decrepit Birth issued the following statement via Facebook regarding the unfortunate turn of events:
“More bad energy has come to us in the form of a theft last night in San Francisco. Our rental van had the side window broken out and all of our personal bags with cash, laptop computers, cell phones, passports, and id’s were stolen. This was a major blow to go along with our van catching on fire in Canada and having to leave it there to be junked.
At this point we will have to regretfully drop from the last few days of tour. The costs are overwhelming at this point, and to continue on would dig an even deeper hole of debt for the band, which we can’t afford. We had a great time touring with our brothers in Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. These bands we’re beyond awesome to us during the past week of issues we’ve gone through. Thanks to all the fans for coming out and making this such a great tour aside from the bullshit. We gave it our all every night for you, our fans. We’re down but not out….
If you feel like donating to our new van fund, you can send your donation via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. We really appreciate that our fans have reached out to us and offered to help, you guys are the best!”
It’s always a bummer to hear stories of bands getting robbed while on the road, and even sadder when such incidents force said bands to cancel shows. We strongly encourage everyone one to send at least a small donation via Paypal to email@example.com so that they can get a new van and hit the road soon.