A Sacramento band traveling the country has canceled their tour of clubs after their van was broken into and possessions were stolen.
Kingdom of Giants, a metal band that has played at venues in Sacramento such as Ace of Spades, had their laptops, cameras and passports stolen Monday night from their van in a St. Louis restaurant parking lot.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that one of the laptops had been programmed to play some of Kingdom of Giants’ sound and interludes that are vital to set performance. Assembling the program had taken many hours, and, without it, the band’s set would not be right, Kingdom of Giants members told the paper.
Van tours, a rite of passage for bands, are normally a trial because of bad road food, venue operators who refuse to pay and balky vehicles. But the van burglary outside a Steak ‘n Shake in St. Louis has hit the band hard.
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The group has decided to not continue the Wide Awake Tour it was on with three other bands, according to a post on their Facebook page.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the band. As of Wednesday, about $1,800 had been raised toward a goal of $5,000.
The Post Dispatch said the theft of Kingdom of Giants’ possessions was the latest crime against bands visiting St. Louis. St. Louis police have noted that bands are being targeted as they pass through the city by thieves who look for their band vans and the pricey equipment and gear that could be inside.
Television station KMOV reported that in October, a band had $30,000 in equipment taken from outside a midtown barbecue joint.