Surfer Blood Robbed, Donations for Sick Guitarist Stolen

Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood

In terms of unadulterated shittiness, getting your van robbed certainly ranks. When that van also contained donations for your cancer-stricken guitarist? Even worse.

Such is the unfortunate case for Surfer Blood. The Florida indie-rock outfit - which plays the 7th Street Entry tonight - had its van robbed Saturday in Schaumburg, Ill. Thousands of dollars were stolen, including cash donations for guitarist Thomas Fekete, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer earlier this year, the band wrote in a Facebook post. A GoFundMe page aimed at helping with Fekete's medical bills is nearing its goal. Thankfully, Surfer Blood writes that most of its larger equipment was not stolen, so tonight's 8:30 p.m. Minneapolis show will go on as scheduled. Here's the FB note in entirety:

Dear Fans,

We deeply regret having to inform you this, but our van was broken into today in Schaumburg, Il just outside of Chicago. Not only did we lose thousands of dollars in personal items and show settlements, but we also lost all cash donations we collected for Thomas over the last 8 shows at our merch table. This last detail is perhaps the most heartbreaking of all in that so much positivity and amazing generosity could be ruined by one bad person(s).

Most of our large musical gear was not stolen and the shows will still go on as planned.

There are a few one-of-a kind guitar pedals to please keep an eye out for-- not for their specific value, but for the fact that these are unique and recognizable items. If they are found at a pawn shop or private seller, everything else including the more serious items are likely there or somewhere nearby.

Thank you for all of your support. You help us all stay positive in the midst of something so discouraging.

Much love, SB

Surfer Blood is touring in support of its third album, 1000 Palms, which arrived this month to mixed reviews. The group's breakout debut, Astro Coast, received rave reviews upon its release in 2010. In 2012, frontman John Paul Pitts was arrested in Lake Worth, Fla., for domestic battery; the case was later dropped and no charges were filed.


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