It’s always the worst hearing about the lowlife scumbags that would rob a touring band, and sadly, it just happened again. On Sunday night (13), former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis and his band had their van broken into while they were in St. Louis. They had literally only left the van for fifteen minutes or so to eat. They incurred enough of a loss that they’ve set up a PayPal account to accept donations so they can complete the remainder of their tour with Soilwork, Blackguard and Wretched. Here’s what the posting on Loomis’ website says:
Last night after our show in St. Louis, our tour van was broken into as we were grabbing a bite to eat before our drive to Dallas. We were parked in a well-lit area in front of the restaurant. In the ten to fifteen minutes that it took for us to order our food and eat, all of our personal items such as laptops, cameras, musical equipment, cell phones, passports and money were stolen. We came outside to find the lock on the driver side door popped out of the van, and promptly called the police. A report has been filed and the van was fingerprinted, but the leads don’t seem promising. The police stated that this is apparently a common occurrence in the area. We are all in disbelief, but are very fortunate for everyone to be okay.
After discussing the situation as a group, we would like to try to continue on with this tour, but to be able to do this, we will need your help. We have all taken a huge hit financially, and we cannot continue on without some sort of support. We have set up a paypal account for any amount of donations to assist us for the duration of the tour.
Below is the PayPal e-mail to make donations to.
Any and all support will be greatly appreciated.
Jeff Loomis Band and crew
It’s maddening to think that this happens regularly. And while a specific list of the gear stolen hasn’t been listed, if you live in the St. Louis area, keep an eye out for any gear. And if you live outside of the area and want to see Jeff and friends continue to tour, make a donation.