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Russian Circles Robbed on Tour, Thousands of Dollars of Gear Stolen


Just after the kickoff of what is likely the biggest tour of their career to date, long-running atmospheric instrumental metallers Russian Circles were robbed, losing tens of thousands of dollars worth of instruments, amplification, microphones and other stage gear.

The theft took place either late at night on October 16 or early in the morning on October 17 in Chowchilla, CA (between Fresno and Modesta) after the band’s show with System of a Down and Korn in Fresno. While the band were sleeping inside a hotel, thieves broke into their Uhaul trailer in the parking lot and made off with nearly everything.

The loss is absolutely devastating both financially and emotionally. Those with any information are being asked to contact [email protected] If you live in that area of California, keep an eye out for these items in local pawn shops and instrument stores while the rest of us worldwide can watch Reverb, eBay and the like. A full list of the gear stolen is posted below.

Here’s to hoping Russian Circles can cobble together some loaners to finish out the tour’s remaining three shows and that they eventually recover their gear.

Remaining dates:

October 18 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
October 22 Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium
October 23 Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium

The band’s full post reads:

WE GOT ROBBED: On the night/ early morning of Oct 17th our Uhaul was broken into at a Holiday Inn parking lot in Chowchilla, CA which is between Fresno and Modesto. Please be on the look out for the items listed and help us spread the word. Any serious information or leads please email: [email protected]


Stolen Gear / Guitars, Bass, Amps,  Cabinets
Electrical Guitar Company Series 2 bass
First Act custom baritone guitar (with custom bear inlays)
Metallic Green Gibson Les Paul Custom ‘85
Tobacco Burst Gibson Les Paul Custom ‘87
Two Quilter Overdrive 202 amps
Two Darkglass 2×12 bass cabinets
Emperor 4×12 guitar cabinet
Peavey 4×12 guitar cabinet
Moog Minitaur
Keith McMillan 12 Step midi controller
Pedaltrain Pro 3 pedalboard and case
Radial JDX DI
Green Men’s All City Ten Speed Bicycle

Cry Baby bass wah
AKAI Headrush E2
Digitech Bass Whammy
Electroharmonix POG2
Darkglass Alpha Omega Ultra
TSVG Hard Stuff
Fuzzrocious 420 Fuzz
Fuzzrocious Rat Tail
Earthquakes Devices Afterneath
Boss TU-2
Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2
Volume pedal

sE 4400a X2
Sennheiser md421 X2
Sennheiser e609
Sennheiser e904 X2
Sennheiser e604
Heil PR40
Telefunken M-82
Audio Technica AE3000
AKG c451 E
Beyer TGD71
Shure Beta57a

4-24” Istanbul xist ride cymbal
2-22” Istanbul Mel Lewis ride
1-15” Istanbul mixed hi hats
3-Ludwig atlas boom stands
1-9000 dw hi hat stand
2-9000 dw snare stands
1- Ludwig throne
1-trick kick pedal
1-tune bot

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