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First a fire, now theft, for New Model Army

Just five months after the band’s studio was destroyed by fire, New Model Army is now searching for gear stolen from their van at a gig held during the Jubilee weekend, writes Erica Basnicki

Cult rock legends New Model Army have not had a good run lately. Less than five months after a blaze completely destroyed their studio, the Bradford-based band is now appealing to the public to help them locate gear stolen from they van during a gig at Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton last Saturday, 2 June. Singer Justin Sullivan said “Some of the items stolen had only just been re-purchased after the fire that destroyed our studio in December. Others had miraculously survived that inferno but we are still now without them. These are the tools of our trade and we do desperately need them back, so if anyone knows their whereabouts please do the right thing; it is a pretty huge haul of equipment to have suddenly appeared somewhere in the middle of the night. We’re not having too much luck at the moment but, if anything, this just makes us a stronger and more determined unit.” The list of stolen items is as follows: Gibson Les Paul Custom – red (serial number 2051429) Gibson Les Paul – black (serial number 90362428) Epiphone Riviera – red with tremelo arm (serial number R97C0572) Lowden 025 acoustic guitar with pick-up (serial number 5131) Lowden 025 acoustic guitar with pick-up (serial number 12288) Gibson SG – black (serial number 8176566) Fender Precision bass – black Evolution Keyboard (serial number MK361C – 222941) Ampeg SVT 3 amplifier head Fender Blues Junior guitar combo with American power supply (serial number B-181446) Custom built pedal-board containing three way control unit for Blackstar combo amplifier, 2 x Boss digital delays, tremelo and tuner pedals and a Cry-baby wah pedal Boss pedalboard containing Boss digital delay, bass overdrive, chorus, compression, and tuner pedals Gator 2U case containing AKG guitar radio receiver (serial number AK3254-001272) Other items include a heavy multi-guitar rack, tools for guitar repairs, microphone stands, drum loom, guitar cables, looms, power supplies, plectrums, capos, and two guitar radio transmitters. Anyone with any information on the stolen equipment should either contact: Walsall Police Station 0345 1135000 ­ incident number 20WS/91324T/12, Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 – you can do so anonymously and may be eligible for a reward or write directly to the band directly and in confidence at [email protected]