Gayngs’ Missing Tour Bus Lost & Found
The show at Austin’s Zilker Park would have marked the band’s last gig of its fall U.S. trek.
On Saturday, Gayngs – which features members of Solid Gold, Bon Iver, Doomtree and Megafaun – played Emo’s in downtown Austin. When the band later couldn’t find its bus or the driver, they reported the vehicle stolen at 4:20 a.m., according to the band’s hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
After Gayngs failed to find replacement gear, the group backed out of the ACL show. The band released the following statement, according to Pitchfork.com:
“We are insanely bummed out by these events. We can only hope to have the opportunity to make it up to all of you. Thanks for your support on this tour. It was truly a dream come true.”
CJ Curtsinger of CJ Star Buses told the Minneapolis Star Tribune the bus went missing because Gayngs was days late paying a $6,000 bill.
“They did it to themselves,” Curtsinger said.
Curtsinger said he warned the band it had 45 minutes to unload its equipment before he sent the driver on his merry way. The driver was instructed to return the vehicle to Nashville, Tenn.
“If CJ takes your bus away from you, it’s either because you’re tearing it up or you didn’t pay me. Ask anybody: I’m one of the fairest guys in the business,” Curtsinger said.
Band manager Nate Vernon, the brother of singer Justin Vernon, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune Curtsinger’s story wasn’t exactly true. He declined to elaborate on Gayngs’ thoughts on the matter, saying the group’s priority was reclaiming its “expensive, irreplaceable gear.”
Click here for the Minneapolis Star Tribune story.
Click here for Gayngs’ website.