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Band will play First Night despite stolen equipment

Posted December 30, 2009
Updated December 31, 2009

— The rock band Annuals said they will headline First Night Raleigh’s New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday despite the theft of their equipment.

The band rehearsed with borrowed instruments Wednesday night after someone stole $5,880 worth of equipment, including keyboards, guitars and a microphone, from the group’s storage unit.

The band discovered the theft on Tuesday.

At first, they thought only the keyboards were missing and that maybe another group that shares the space had borrowed them.

“We started calling them, and they said, ‘No, we wouldn’t do that without asking,’” lead singer Adam Baker said. “So, then we also realize that some guitars were missing, too. It was pretty traumatic, honestly.”

Adam Baker, lead singer of the Annuals Despite theft, show goes on for local band

Baker said the band has had equipment stolen before while traveling, but never in their hometown.

The band said when fellow musicians and friends heard what happened, they immediately offered to loan the band some instruments.

“Luckily, we have a lot of friends that are also musicians that definitely understand the position we’re in. Every musician has lost pieces along the way,” Baker said.

The stolen guitars were gifts, Baker said. The Annuals said the stolen instruments have a sentimental value because they used them in shows across Europe.

“It’s mostly just frustrating to have to deal with it now, but it’s not going to change anything,” Baker said.


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  • n4dxa Dec 31, 2009

    I would start checking the pawn shops and music shops in the area. I have never been to a pawn shop that wasnt selling used guitars and other musical equipment. Some music shops also buy used equipment to resell.

  • exposure102 Dec 31, 2009

    Seriously, if we'd just start chopping off hands of everyone convicted of theft/larceny, we'd have a lot less repeat offenders...

  • BraveHeart Dec 31, 2009

    I hope you guys still perform well...and I hope they catch the rodents who stole from you

  • dbcooper41 Dec 31, 2009

    so how about a description of the instruments so we can keep our eyes out.

  • Tidbit Dec 31, 2009

    I really hate theifs. It's a total violation and almost no one has any respect for other people's stuff anymore. It just makes me ill.

  • just my2cents Dec 31, 2009

    This happened to my husbands band, everything but the drums were stolen out of the storage unit, and the theives (who were caught) even put the lock back on the building so it would go unnoticed. Lighting trees, moniters, mikes, pa equip, even stands and stage equip were stolen. The thugs sold it all for $500 to a man who found their business card and decided those boys did not look like they would be in a beach music band, and called the number. Yes, he should have known that getting that much stuff for $500, it was stolen, but they had a very believable story. Would not surprise me if it's the same guys.

  • CrewMax Dec 31, 2009

    Two of my guitars were stolen once. A Martin D35-12 and a brand new Gibson J-45. It about destroyed me. I hope they recorded serial numbers, in the least, and had insurance. Glad they can still play. I hate a thief. Have a great gig, guys.