Havok’s Trailer Broken Into and Gear Stolen
It pains me to write one of these every single time because of how avoidable most of these incidents seem, but here it is:
Havok are the latest in a long list of metal bands to be robbed of gear recently, having come home from a successful tour in Europe to find their trailer broken into with thousands of dollars worth of gear missing.
At the risk of blaming the victim — and don’t get me wrong, I am not letting the absolute scumbags who perpetrated this robbery off the hook — and given all the high-profile metal band robberies to take place recently, it’s worth asking: why did Havok leave a trailer full of gear sitting outside in public for any amount of time at all, let alone for the entire duration of a European tour??? I’ve chosen to highlight this up front not to guilt the members of Havok — who I know personally to be very swell fellows — but in the hopes that any of you reading this who are also in bands can avoid this fate in the future. I’m sure the dudes in the band are kicking themselves awfully hard right about now, and I don’t wish to add to that… but sheesh, there must’ve been some better place available to store their gear.
Havok revealed the news on Facebook earlier today, and they’re seeking $19k in donations to recoup their losses and help pay for badly needed vehicle repairs in time for their stint on the upcoming Metal Alliance Tour with Overkill, Crowbar, Black Fast and Invidia.
Here’s the band’s statement:
“Our European tour was a ton of fun! We’d like to thank Converge, Gorguts, Revocation, Fallujah, Venom Prison, and Amon Amarth for sharing the stage with us, as well as everyone who came out to these shows to support live music. Without the fans, there is no show.
“We returned home to some unfortunate news… Our trailer was broken into and our gear was stolen. The thieves broke our trailer door and got away with custom drums, cymbals, discontinued amplifiers, custom road cases, merchandise, and a new generator. This news hits us doubly hard because we already had expensive vehicle repairs to make before hitting the road this Thursday for the Metal Alliance Tour. This seems to be a kind of sadistic alignment of the stars that’s left us high and dry, and we need help getting out of this hole.
“The band has dealt with major losses in the past, but always figured out a way to solve the problem on our own; this time it’s overwhelming. Havok has never asked fans for financial help before, but if there was ever a time to do that – it is now. To be frank, we are boned, and we cannot afford to replace the gear that was stolen AND fix our vehicle. We tour our asses off and still aren’t rich, by any means. This is the first time we are asking fans to donate to our cause of riffs and truth in the name of heavy metal.
“We are trying to raise $19,000 to replace the gear that was stolen and help with our vehicle maintenance. Touring is our lifeblood and without our gear and vehicle, we cannot do it.
“If you enjoy the music we make, or seeing us live, please consider making a donation. Every little bit helps. We have started a Venmo account where you can send donations easily online. (It only takes 1 minute to sign up.) https://venmo.com/havokband
(If Venmo is unavailable in your area, you can donate via PayPal : [email protected])
“We would like to thank you in advance for sharing this, spreading the word, and supporting Havok. Without fans we are nothing, and we know that.
“Love, wisdom, and riffs to you,