While on tour for their 'Endless Sleep' Tour. Michale Graves had a stop in Las Vegas where his and the bands trailer, equipment and merchandise were all stolen... over $20,000 worth.
This is what Michale Graves said on his Facebook after the incident...
"Ok we were just robbed in Vegas. All Merch- all gear - all instruments. Listen up...after today if you get Bedlam cds - When worlds collide cds - lost skeleton returns cds and endless sleep tour Tshirts from anywhere else then www.hydraulic-entertainment.com then you are buying stolen merchandise. Please post any activity here or email email@example.com asap. I was robbed."
"So this is what I think. We were robbed of $20k of merch and gear today in Vegas. It wasn't by chance. I think you stalked our tour on facebook. And robbed us today at 3pm. Let me tell you - those who care and like us won't tolerate this. They won't buy stolen merch. They won't support you."
Michale Graves guitarist Loki had this to say on his Facebook...
"So.... where do I begin... We're in las vegas. I shower and get ready to leave for the dive bar. Walk to the van and the trailer is no longer attached to the van.
The trailer was stolen. Gone along with at least $18000 worth of musical equipment and personal property with it. All the merch. Everything gone.
Just speaking personally... I have worked so hard to aquire my equipment and guitars. Years and years worth of work to build the rig that I was finally so happy with.
Currently working with police and security and reviewing camera footage to see if we can see anything.
We will somehow find a way to perform tonight in Las Vegas and tomorrow at the Whisky. After that I'm not sure what that means for the rest of the tour.
If you can please share this. Maybe someone in your network will know something. Any help is appreciated. More info to come."
Michale Graves bassist J.V. Bastard had this to say on his Facebook...
"There are 2 things aside from gear I lost in that trailer that I'm actually more upset about...couldn't even say the words out loud yesterday...can't even look at the pictures of some of the stuff to try to get it back. Fucking crushing. If I could walk in that trailer right now and take 2 things...they'd be some of the least monetarily valuable items in there. Crushed."
This is a strange event considering the band Stellar Corpses just had the same thing happen to their equipment and trailer (worth over $10,000) in San Antonio, Texas.
We are not posting this story to condone what has been done by any means, it's quite the opposite. These bands work their hardest to do what they can to make their music and bring it to other people. In exchange they make a very little money and the money they do make is usually on tour. They can NOT make money without, equipment, merch and so on. That money, more often than not, is used to finish the tour, make it home, live while on tour... and if there is no tour due to lack of equipment and funds these bands are screwed. Not to mention, they work really hard for all the stuff that is stolen as well.
This is a REALLY shitty act to target musicians and take their livelyhood from them. So, we encourage ANYONE reading this posting, if you see any of the equipment and/or the trailer below being sold online, at a pawn shop... whatever, please immediately contact Michale Graves or Loki on their Facebook pages and/or at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage NO ONE to buy any merch online that Michale Graves mentioned above unless it is from Hydraulic Entertainment's website and also let the band know if you see those floating around. Any helpful details will be greatly appreciated.
Below we will also post a pic of Stellar Corpses gear that was stolen, so if anyone finds any information on their gear please do the same and contact them.
And please SHARE this story on all your outlets, just because you know nothing doesn't mean someone else won't. Follow these bands on Facebook for up-to-date details!
DIRECT LINK: https://youtu.be/auzkNO6_k0Y
Both bands have setup GoFundMe Campaigns to try to help recoop their equipment using fan support:
MICHALE GRAVES GOFUNDME - STELLAR CORPSES GOFUNDME
*every little bit helps so please give what you can, if you can't give then please share the links*