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Protagonist Has Their Gear Stolen On Their Way to Record With Stephen Egerton

As you may have seen today, unfortunately Florida band Protagonist had their gear stolen this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  As if losing over $22,000 in gear and merchandise wasn’t bad enough, the band was on their way to record with Stephen Egerton of the Descendents, so it’s a major blow.  (Minor aside, if you haven’t checked out the album Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton, you should, it rules.)  I really feel for the band, as I do for any band that gets their gear stolen on the road.  Here is an account from Brian of Protagonist as to what happened:

We’re all a little scatter-brained and shocked right now so I don’t even know where to begin, but our trailer was stolen off of our van sometime between 5-7:30am this morning from a Days Inn Airport Hotel/Denny’s parking lot last night in TULSA, OKLAHOMA. The van was parked right side of our hotel room in a very well lit parking lot that the hotel shares with a Denny’s Restaurant. That lot is where the hotel asked us to park it, and the staff at the 24-hour Denny’s told us the van would be safe there as well. But we were wrong. The pin lock was somehow removed, the chains were cut, and no trace of the trailer was left behind. We drove 18 hours straight from Florida to Tulsa,OK to record with Stephen Egerton. We were supposed to start early this morning hence pulling into town yesterday evening.

The thief made away with all of this:

(2)  4×12 Orange Cabinets

(1)  8×10 Ampeg Bass Cabinet

-Peavey 5150 II Head (In road Case with Protagonist Screened on top and sides)

-Marshall 1984 JCM 800 (in Road Case)

-Ampeg SVT Classic Head (in Road Case)

-1981 Gibson SG (Yellowing body, Black Dadario Tuning Pegs, Paper and Plastick Skull Stikcer on Back)

-2009 Sparrow Les Paul Body Guitar (Black Paper and Plastick Skull Stikcer on Back)

-2001 Epiphone Les Paul Custom (Black with Black and Gold Tuners, Georgetown University Sticker on back)

-1973 Gibson L6S (Wood, Cracked Headstock)

-1997 Fender P Bass (Black with Beat up Black pick guard, G string tuning peg does not match others)

-Black Toolbox (Boss TU2 tuner, Boss Noise suppressor, moded Ibanez tube screamer, Korg AB/Y box, Multiple Monster Cables)

-Black and White Back Pack Chord Bag (Boss TU2 Tuner, 5 Monster Cables)

-Black and Yellow Toolbox (Stickers All over, Boss TU2 Tuner, Sans Amp Inside, Multiple Monster Cables)

(1)  C&C Custom Drums (red and black stripes)

-16×26” Kick Drums

– 8×16   Rack Tom

-16×16            Floor Tom

-8×14 Snare Drum (black and red glass glitter)

(2)  DW Boom Stands

DW Hi-Hat Stand

DW 5000 Bass Pedal

Tama Iron Cobra Bass Pedal

Pork Pie Drum Throne (Black)

-About $700 worth of band merchandise

COMBINED TOTAL ESTIMATED AT $22,700

If anyone has any information please email PROTAGONISTSTOLENGEAR@GMAIL.COM or call BRIAN at (561)212-9879

We also set up a paypal account linked to PROTAGONISTSTOLENGEAR@GMAIL.COM so if anyone has a few extra bucks it would be greatly appreciated to say the least.

If you can help in any way, be it information or a donation, please help an independent band replace their gear.  This has been a real problem lately for traveling bands, as Alternative Press magazine has profiled.  Bands, please read up, take precautions like insurance if you can, and record your gear serial numbers if nothing else.  Also, try to figure out what hotels are better for touring bands than others in different cities, and do what you can to secure your gear.  The world for touring bands is tough enough, especially with the recent gear thefts, I feel for the bands that have lost gear to theft and encourage those out there to work to try to prevent theft.

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