Seaway’s Van Broken Into, Again

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In what may feel like a sense of deja vu for the guys in Seaway, their van was broken into, again. This marks the second time in six months that the band’s van had been broken into (the first time was in San Francisco).

Taking to Twitter, they posted a picture of the busted window the crooks got in through and quickly assured fans that the only item taken from the van was their GPS system and that everyone was okay.

Back in November, the crooks who broke into their van taking their acoustic guitars, clothing, personal belonging among other things.

But before you start checking for GoFundMe or any of those funding campaigns, the band is not asking for anything. Instead, they do tell fans, and others alike, that if they would like to donate to them they could go ahead and buy something from their online merchandise store.

Check out their tweets below about the misfortune event.

Seaway are currently on tour with Bayside, Senses Fail, and Man Overboard for Bayside’s 15th Birthday Tour.

Tonight’s show is in Phoenix, AZ.

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.

Musician Swindles Hundreds of Thousands from Investors

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We know that musicians are desperate to make music even though it costs a lot, but most of the time, they just get a dead-end job to help fund their dreams.

But not for one man, who managed to not only scam many investors, he took the money and put it towards his own music career.

Portland-based musician, Kasey Anderson did just like. Anderson was sentenced to four years in prison after defrauding 30 investors out of nearly $600,000.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the singer-songwriter told investors that the money was going to a charity album titled, Trapped Like a Ghost. He had claimed that acts like The Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and R.E.M. would be contributing tracks to the record, but in the end he got caught using the funds for his own personal gain.

Anderson said that the money was going to benefit the West Memphis Three Legal Defense Fund. He went so far to convince investors that he posed as a Seattle tour manager as well as an entertainment attorney, he forged an email from a family member of one of the West Memphis Three, and reportedly even played previously released Bruce Springsteen tracks, passing them as a never-before-released version featuring the Arcade Fire. He, reportedly, even claimed that he would be able to get a Springsteen/Lady Gaga collaboration, but as we know, that did not happen.

Anderson plead guilty to the crime last August and now owes investors over $400,000.

Recently, he released a letter to the court as an attempt to apologize for his crime. In the letter he claims he has a mental illness that made him do it.

We’re going to assume the court did not buy his scapegoat excuse of mental instability.

Shirts for a Cure Fall Victim to Theft

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Theft has become one of the biggest issues in the music world whether it be merchandise from the back of someone’s van or the theft of instruments from right under a musician’s nose, it’s an epidemic that’s getting worse each day.

One thing we never hoped to report, is someone stealing from a foundation whose main goal is to help cancer patients. And worse is the fact that it happened on the Vans Warped Tour.

During yesterday’s stop in Virginia Beach, Shirts for a Cure was robbed of their profits.

For those not familiar, Shirts for a Cure  and The Syrentha J. Savio Endowment (SSE) were founded back in 2002 by Mark Beemer. Since we can remember, Shirts for a Cure have gotten support from many bands and artists (Rise Against, My Chemical Romance, Circa Survive, Midtown to name a few) in creating one-of-a-kind shirts that are sold on the foundation’s website.

We remember having huge lists of all the shirts we wanted from the site even though we were flat broke teenagers.

The foundation took to Facebook yesterday to reveal the horrible news and ask for help, in any way.

This is not a post we ever thought we would ever have to make, but unfortunately we were robbed yesterday at the Vans Warped Tour in Virginia Beach– anyone with information is asked to contact the authorities.

For those who don’t know, our profits go directly to cancer patients in need and so having our money stolen is a huge loss for our cause.

We really need your help in replacing the funds that were tragically stolen.

Direct donations can be made atwww.syrentha.org/donate.

Thank you for your continued support.

So if you can, help them out. Buy a shirt on their site or if Warped Tour hasn’t hit your town yet, give them a visit when it does. We’ll be there this upcoming Saturday.