A Flock of Seagulls' touring van, equipment stolen from hotel lot
The car thieves ran, they ran so far away. If only A Flock of Seagulls had a photograph of them... Song puns aside, the touring van for the '80s band was indeed stolen from a hotel parking lot near Los Angeles hours before they were set to perform an outdoor concert over the weekend.
Inside the van: up to $70,000 worth of equipment, including a Roland X6 keyboard, two black Fender Aerodyne Telecaster electric guitars, two hand-made Washburn lead guitars, a customized drum kit, touring merchandise and -- worst of all -- sound files for a pending solo album by lead singer Mike Score.
"It's 18 months of work just basically thrown into the trash because some people don't have a real life and have to steal from others," Score told the Daily News. "People who do this kind of thing will never have a real life; I think karma in the end will come around and take whatever they have got."
Security video footage from the Comfort Inn in Downey, where the band was staying, shows a man breaking into and stealing the white 1999 van at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Score told the newspaper that he believes the thief was at Saturday night's show, because he went directly to their van. (What kind of lowly '80s fan would steal from A Flock of Seagulls?!?)
The band is continuing their tour using rented equipment.