Rock Band Viridian Robbed At Gunpoint, Manage to Recover Equipment After Heroic Efforts
A lot of bands are getting robbed these days, especially the up-and-comers who really can’t afford to have this happen. But at least today’s story has a happy ending.
Veridian, a Louisiana-based rock band, were robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday the 17th. Their guitarists, Curtis and Derek, were near their van after a show wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas when a man approached them with a gun and told them to drive. Here’s the exact quote from their Facebook page:
Please keep us in your thoughts. Curtis and Derek were robbed at gunpoint after our show in San Antonio. The thief put a gun to their heads and told them to drive. They made off with the vehicle, trailer, and all of our equipment. Derek and Curtis managed to crash the vehicle to distract the gunman and wrestle the gun away. We are currently trying to assess the situation. Thanks to the heroic actions of Derek and Curtis, we will keep you updated.
Since the post, Veridian have kept their fanbase updated several times in the comments, uploading pictures and providing more information. Seems like their van was completely totaled, but at least they managed to save their gear, and more importantly their lives.
Veridian revealed the reason for their heroic actions was that they felt the man was going to kill them even if they complied. It’s one thing to have your shit stolen, but another matter entirely when your life is on the line.
We firmly believe that his intent was to kill them upon arrival to wherever he was telling them to drive to. The police agreed. Curtis said he felt like he could either die fighting for his life or die when he got there, so he decided to act.
Obviously, it’s not the best idea to do anything that might put you in danger, but in this circumstance, we have to applaud Veridian’s fast action. Curtis and Derek are most definitely heroes. Watch your stuff, folks. Considering the amount of money it takes to buy good gear these days it’s no wonder why there’s no shortage of band robberies. If you’re on the road keep your guard up, and most importantly, stay safe.
[via Metal Insider]