Thieves Make Off With Frank Black's Gear

Thieves in suburban Philadelphia stole as much as $75,000 worth of guitars, musical equipment, and other items from veteran rock musician Frank Black, forcing he and his band to cancel two shows in Wa

Thieves in suburban Philadelphia stole as much as $75,000 worth of guitars, musical equipment, and other items from veteran rock musician Frank Black, forcing he and his band to cancel two shows in Washington and Pittsburgh. Black and the Catholics are touring in support of the recent "Dog In The Sand," released by What Are Records?

Black, who formerly led pioneering modern rock act the Pixies, had performed Thursday night in Philadelphia. The band's trailer and most of its musical equipment were stolen from a hotel parking lot at approximately 3 a.m. Friday morning.

While the band is insured for its 17 guitars, amplifiers, drums, and other equipment, some of the vintage items are irreplaceable, Black said. They include four 1960s Fender Telecaster guitars.

The Philadelphia show was the third date on the Catholics' current tour, which opened with a sold-out show at New York's Irving Plaza last Tuesday. The band plans to buy new equipment and resume their tour tonight (April 16) with three shows in Toronto.

Individuals with any information on the equipment theft are urged to contact the Philadelphia police department or What Are Records? at 888-281-1289.

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