Bellflower, CA (July 23, 2013)—Approximately $70,000 worth of equipment was stolen from the 1980s band A Flock of Seagulls on July 22, 2013, including hard drives containing DAW files of band frontman Mike Score’s new solo album.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the band parked its Ford E-350 van outside a Comfort Inn in Downey, CA on Saturday, July 20, after playing a show in Bellflower earlier that evening. When they woke the next morning, the van was missing.
Security footage from the hotel shows a man breaking into the white van and stealing it at approximately 2:15 a.m.
Score has been working on producing a new solo album for the past 18 months, the Los Angeles Daily News reported, working alternately in studios and in ad hoc recording spaces while on the road. Reportedly, the most recent versions of his files were in the stolen van.
“We were pretty close to the end. 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. 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,” Score told the Los Angeles Daily News.
Other items stolen in the van include a Roland X6 keyboard, two black Fender Aerodyne Telecaster electric guitars, two hand-made Washburn lead guitars and a customized drum kit. The van also had the band’s cell phones, studio equipment and band merchandise inside.