Lazarus A. D. Robbed - The Latest Victims of Music Tour Criminals Need Support and Donations
Kenosha, Wisconsin natives Lazarus A.D. are the latest victims in a growing wave of music tour crimes that have been escalating across the U.S. and the U.K.
These days bands are not only having to deal with the loss of revenue caused by illegal downloading, now the criminals have become much more personal--tour buses are being broken into, equipment and personal items stolen--as bands travel around the world, playing their hearts out for their fans.
It's a problem facing touring bands across America, but the U.K. is being even harder hit. With the digital shift in the music industry bands are being forced to tour more than ever before, on the road they sell their CDs and t-shirts, many times this is the band's only means for income on the road--and often those items are the very target that thieves are trying to get their hands on. In the past few years, as the popularity of music festivals and tours in conjunction with album releases has increased, so have tour related crimes.
The problem really hit home this week when Lazarus A.D., currently on tour in Europe in support of their recent release, Black Rivers Flow on Metal Blade Records, had a window broken out of their tour bus during a show on March 15th, in Southampton, U.K. Thieves absolutely cleaned the band out, taking everything they could get their hands on: birth certificates, social security cards, clothing, even the bands personal hygiene items were stolen. Also taken was $1,500--the band's touring cash.
Fortunately, no one was hurt during the robbery. The band was in the venue at the time of the break-in, so their equipment was not stolen and they had their passports with them at the time. Unfortunately that's about all they have left--and they still have almost a month left on their current European tour with Bonded by Blood.
For many bands hitting the road right now finances are limited, they'll not begin to break even, cost of food/ personal/ tour necessities Vs. merchandise sales until the summer festival season. For seasoned bands the recent spate of robberies, particularly band equipment theft, has caused serious hardship on the road, but usually other bands will help out, loaning equipment until replacements can be found. However, for an up and coming band like Lazarus A.D., this kind of crime could well mean the end of the road, literally. There's simply no way to continue on tour without money to replace what can be replaced: food, clothing and personal hygiene items.Continued on the next page