Mineral’s Van Broken into in St. Louis

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It’s like every single day, new reports of hardworking bands trying to make a living and bring some tunes to fans getting their stuff stolen has become the norm.

Mineral have become the latest band to suffer from this disgusting theft. The band,w ho had been on hiatus or whatever you want to call it for the past 17 years decided to regroup earlier this yea and go out on tour. Of course, the world is not the same like it was 17 years ago.

According to the band’s Facebook page, their van was broken into in st. Louis. Things taken from their van included their personal electronic, their cash box, merchandise, and much more.

The wost part of it all? The band ha paid in order to park in the well-lit lot where the theft took place in order to treat singer-guitarist, Chris Simpson to some birthday bowling.

The band’s full statement can be read below.

“ALERT: After our show this evening in St Louis at the Firebird we went to celebrate Chris’ birthday by going bowling at Flamingo Bowl. Shortly after 1am our van was broken into and all of our belongings were stolen.

Thousands and thousands of dollars in personal electronics, a cash box with several shows worth of merch sales, clothing, invaluable intellectual property, and many many other items. Our rear cargo hold with most of the gear was thankfully left safe. The van was locked, we specifically paid to park in a well lit lot with an attendant.When we came out 30 min later, attendant was gone, locks popped off, and belongings gone.

Please if anyone in the area has any information email us at mineral@officialmineral.com. There have been many burglaries targeting band vehicles and clubs in the St Louis area, please repost/share and help spread the word so other traveling bands are more aware and alert of their surroundings and decision making.”

And then music fans wonder why artists never come to their towns.

The Arcade Fire’s Bobblehead Mask, Missing

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The Arcade Fire have been sporting a unique kind of bobblehead mask this tour and now, one of them has been stolen, The band, made up of six members, had six of these one-of-a-kind masks for their current “Reflektor” tour. during their recent stop in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the giant papier-mâché model of Richard Parry’s head.

The band have released a statement asking fans to help locate the head even though they say that have evidence pointing to the culprit. Rather than just accusing the culprit of the crime and getting the authorities involved, they would rather have the head returned.

“Richy’s bobblehead mask was taken from our show in Bridgeport, CT,” the statement said. “This mask is a one of a kind piece that is an essential component to our live show. We have photos of the theft but rather than press charges we would prefer if the person who took it would get in touch with us to return it. Perhaps this is all an innocent mistake and you meant to leave the venue with your own oversized paper mache rendition of Richard Parry’s head? Please contact: info@quest-management.com with any information.”

The masks first made their appearance during the band’s Here Comes the Night Time TV special. When asked about the mask in an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Will Butler said,  “For me, wearing a mask and dancing and being in the crowd – there’s this whole inversion of society that happens.”

The unfortunate incident happened on the last date of the tour before the band were to slated to take a small break from it for some festival dates.

Beatles Bootlegger Busted

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Well, having someone arrested for selling bootlegged versions of hit albums is definitely one way to take action against those pesky perps.

A Cumbrian man was sentenced to four months in jail after it was discovered that he was selling illegal copies of albums from the Beatles. But that’s not where it ends for the man; when officers went into his residence, they discovered that the man had Bootleg vinyl LPs and illegally copied CDs in his West View, Alston home.

Officers were tipped off by the British Recorded Music Industry Limited at least according to the BBC. All the music that was in Paul Parkin’s possession were from the iconic band and included dodgy copies of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Rubber Soul, White Unplugged Album, At The Hollywood Bowl and Please Please Me.

Parkin, who is 57, plead guilty 23 offences during a hearing at Carlisle Crown Court. The 23 offences included: ten counts of trying to distribute vinyl records and 13 counts of possession of goods with intent to cause loss to another aka The Beatles.

“Internet trading has made it easier for individuals to distribute counterfeit goods. The unauthorized use of registered trademarks damages legitimate traders who trade lawfully. Anyone found to be selling or distributing counterfeit goods can face prosecution, confiscation of illegally earned assets or even – as Parkin has found out to his cost – imprisonment” stated Angela Jones, trading standards service manager for Cumbria County Council.

Guess if you’re planning to steal and distribute illegal music across the pond, then you better think twice.