This is what's so sucky about the economics of music today. The guys in Lazarus A.D. get signed to a significant label, put out a very solid record, and they're reduced to having to ask fans for money after getting burgled (I won't go into my rant here about the difference between robbery and burglary).
The band had the following to say about the incident:
“We just want to personally say thank you, to the fuck douche bags who smashed our vans window and stole $1500 and all our clothes and other personal items. All I can say is thank god we had the gear on stage or the fuckers would have stolen that as well.”
Dan Gapen : “they got every cent of band money, Social Security Cards and our birth certificates. Not to mention they took all of our clothes and hygiene items. Thank god we had our passports in our pockets.”
Anyway click the image above or here to donate to help these guys out. I gave 50 bux and if you have some loose change lying around and you like Lazarus A.D., throw it their way. It's not the same scope as Japan but your donation will have a much more direct and significant impact on the victims.
This is the news hook for a longer rant building about the way bands are compensated for their creative work and how something has to change. When a great band like this one has to ask for help on the road, it's a symptom of something much larger.
Thanks to Natalie Camillo for the heads-up on this.