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.