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Monday, April 27 2020 09:04

Static-X, Dope Gear Stolen from L.A. Warehouse

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Nearly $200,000 worth of musical gear and touring equipment has been stolen from a warehouse space shared by STATIC-X and DOPE.

The bands, which are currently on touring hiatus due to the spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic, filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department, which advised the bands to take the story public in hopes of raising awareness and potentially gaining leads on the whereabouts of the stolen gear.

“With most of us in lockdown, and those who aren’t locked down wearing masks in public, apparently it’s a great time to be a thief," says Static-X drummer Ken Jay.

The list of stolen items includes multiple LED video panels, 2 drum kits, more than 40 cymbals, various pieces of high-end audio/video gear, microphones, racks, Static-X and Dope-branded backdrops, and more. The bands have published a list of the stolen equipment complete with many of the serial numbers. Individuals who may have information regarding the theft are encouraged to submit an anonymous tip via a form on the Static-X website.

“This is a tough one to swallow,” says Edsel Dope. “Our bands are small businesses that have developed and refined our touring systems over the years. The amount of time and effort that has gone into building out the tech and AV in the production alone is hard to quantify. It's a lot of money. We own all of our own gear and have built our touring business through years of hard work and continuous investment back into ourselves.”

Learn more about the stolen gear here.

Static-X will release their new album Project Regeneration: Volume 1 on May 29.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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