The Stooges had their equipment stolen, including Mike Watt’s signature bass guitar, from in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, August 4.
The thieves took off with a Penske rental truck filled with gear valued in the tens of thousands, road manager Eric Fischer told the Detroit Free Press. Some of the items were priceless, including Watt’s go-to Gibson bass that he has used since his days of the Minutemen in the 1980s.
"That bass would go in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame someday if we could find it," Fischer said. "We’re all just gutted."
The band members discovered the truck was missing the morning after playing their first show in Canada in more than three decades.
Just some of the equipment missing includes two Marshall vintage amplifiers, a Reverend Orange guitar, a drum kit and cymbals, a road case containing guitar pedals and an Eden Bass amplifier.
The disappearance follows thefts Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, which have yet to see their equipment returned.
"I don’t know if it’s a syndicate that’s targeting bands on the road or what," Fischer said. "But nobody ever seems to see this gear again."